If we are innocent and been arrested, we would surely try every method we can to prove that we are not guilty. It is the normal thing to do. Because who wants to be put in jail for not doing any crime? Even the criminals does not want to be put behind the cells no matter how bad they are.
But, that is the difference between us and Jesus. He can do the impossible and unfathomable. And that is what we call love to the fullest.
How about that! Jesus healed the sick, done so many miracles, feed the poor and proclaimed the good news, yet for those in authority, it was a crime. They thought: Who is he anyway? Just a carpenter son. Is he better than us? But the truth was, Jesus exploited their evil hearts by the power of his words and deeds. And they couldn't bear it. They want to have the power over people and they thought that they were the messengers of God, not Jesus.
But Jesus didn't resist the arrestation. He went voluntarily with them. Offered himself to be sacrificed for every wrong things we had done. We are the villains who goes free, while Jesus was the innocent who took the blame and suffered for us.
Yes, Peter was the brave one. Always trying to find a way to help Jesus. ( John 18: 1-17)
But, when confronted and his life was at stake, he denied knowing Jesus. Sounds familiar for us? Fear of people or our lives?
Yes, we often fear people that we don't want to to tell them that we are followers of Jesus. We don't want to be mocked and to suffer for other's wrongdoings. And that is the difference between us and Jesus. He followed God's will until death and tolerated to be mocked and to suffer beyond what we can bear.
And that is what we call love to the fullest.
Yes! I thought. Now, Jesus was talking and depending himself. But what happened? A soldier struck him in the face demanding respect. If he only knew that actually it should be another way around. It was Jesus who was the one he should be respecting. And after reading this verse, I just wanted to strike the soldier face too. I thought that no one of us could do that. Strike Jesus face!
Really? But we do in some ways. How? We say we believe Jesus and his words. But do we obey him wholeheartedly? Many times we do the opposite. We say that we are human and weak. The same mouth we use to pray and praise God, the same mouth we use to say words that can hurt others. Maybe curse once in a while too? Say stupid things. Judge others as if we don't do anything wrong. Can it feel like that we too are striking Jesus face?
Is it not true that we can show respect and love to God by being obedient? To walk the narrow path that God wants us to follow because it is for our best? But sometimes we think that we know better and we just want to be the boss in our own lives. That to be happy is to do the things that we want to do. One can say that we just lived once.
We say that Jesus is our Lord, but our hearts belong to others. How about telling our wife or husband that we love them, but our hearts belong to others and our deeds shows the opposite? What would our partners feel? What would God or Jesus feel? For me it is like striking his face over and over again and again.
The good thing is that Jesus is Jesus. His name is love. He loved us. He understand us and with the same mouth, we can ask for forgiveness if we sinned against him and be given a new chance no once, but many times all over again.
I don't think that many of us can forgive a person over and over again for doing things that hurt or destroy us. Or someone we are always helping to have a better life, but continue to ignore us and just does not care of what we have done or doing. But Jesus can forgive again and again and understands. And that is the difference between Jesus and us. His love shown to the fullest.
Lord, none of us is perfect, but we often complain about each other. We irritates us for what others are doing that we believed is wrong, but forgetting that we might doing the same or worst thing.
Help us to show respect for what you have done on the cross of calvary for us by loving each other. That we shall walk unto the narrow path, because it is the road to heaven. It seems difficult, but thank you for the joy and the reward that you gives to each and everyone who follows you.
It is me Joy wishing you a joyous life with Jesus!
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