I see so many people speaking out against people, calling it God’s work – warning one another of the evil they see in something other than themselves. In the world of prophecy, it seems everyone’s looking for the beast, the antichrist, the false prophet and proclaiming knowledge of such things – fingers pointed in absolute conviction… what an interesting word.. “conviction”
For some reason it’s easy for us to look in the mirror and say, “Jesus died for ME”.. And in the essence of such, we have a tendency to draw lines between the “me” and the “them”.. No doubt there is a line but can we truly see it? What it represents? What are the two sides and if God himself said that their folly will manifest into “ALL MEN”, what eliminates me from such a category.. a category that’s described as “all.” The very first line of this description defining “their folly” says “men will be lovers of SELF”… That draws the line pretty clearly doesn’t it? Going back to that conversation in the mirror, we can see the line WE DRAW… “I deserve salvation and the wicked people over there deserve death.” Why would we even say such a thing – proclaim to belong to God while saying that others DO NOT belong to him.. do not deserve salvation… do not have the King of all Kings ruling over their path… Seriously, when did WE become God of all?
Don’t let your heart ask “Who will go to heaven?” (That brings Christ down
from above), or “Who will go to hell?” (That brings Christ up again from the dead).
— Romans 10: 6-7 —
We know Jesus is the Son of God who is THE BELOVED of His Father. Can you imagine the response of the Father if Jesus had a dying request of Him? Cause, well He did… have a dying request. Pretty much everyone knows this text. Jesus said, “Father please forgive them, they know not what they do.” Forgive who? The setting of this paints a pretty disturbing picture. Jesus was surrounded by scribes and pharisees demanding his death and roman soldiers who were carrying out the wishes of such – violently they had beaten and bloodied his body, mocked him and crucified him. And in response to their unthinkable actions, Jesus pleaded with the Father to forgive them.
Again.. who are they? We often point out in scripture that Jesus called the pharisees children of satan. He said, “you do the will of your father the devil” to such. And as far as characteristics are concerned, he called them murderers (as he called satan a murderer) and here they are proving in the flesh to be that very thing.. murderers.. And Jesus responds… “Father please forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Do you think the Father granted Jesus his dying wish? Because really isn’t that what was prophesied from the beginning? That Jesus would be the sacrifice through which sin is forgiven?
Why is it that our wishes today seem so out of alignment with the wishes of our Lord Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow? He was humble and meek but yet we stand up as fault finders and call it “God’s authority” to do such a thing. If our words and our actions are HE WITHIN US, why are we not crying out in the same voice as the one who KNEW what was operating in these pharisees and in these murderers, but he didn’t say, “Father look at these evil men! They are satan’s children, punish them!” He said nothing even remotely close to such a thing…. No… Jesus pleaded, “Father, please forgive them, they know now what they do.” And why didn’t they know what they did? The answer to that will lead us back to the mirror… but that’s for another discussion. The Lord told me there is only one good – CHRIST.. (HE is the love of God) and everyone else is either a sinner or a hypocrite.. or as I see myself… a mingling of the two. The blood of the Lamb was purposed for what exactly? If I can’t see it I’m not sure how I’d know I NEED it… and that truly brings heavy sorrow on my heart for us all.
Lord help me to see the line that only YOU can draw in the sand… Create in me Your Spirit in One Accord with the voice of YOUR SON and His precious blood that cries out “Father please forgive them.” Rid me of the blood of Abel that cries out for revenge, as you have given us SOMETHING BETTER!! JESUS!!! Father cover me in HIS blood of Agape… Help me to see Agape with spiritual eyes Father – eyes that will never exist outside of THE SON and can only be achieved if I’m placed IN HIM. As I walk in this flesh, may my flesh speak as His did and not on my own… Thank you Lord <3
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. – Mathew 5:9