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Jesus before Caiaphas

57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end.59Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, 60but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’” 62The high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” 63But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”64Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66What is your verdict?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 67Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, 68saying, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?” (Matthew 26:57-68, NRSV)

The chief priest needed something so they could go to the Romans and have Jesus executed. But they had nothing and could get nothing.

And when Jesus told them the truth they saw it as the way to have him executed.

Jesus told them the truth and they heard what they wanted. Not love but hate. Hate fueled through the changes that were coming. Hate fueled by a need to keep things the way they are.

How do we avoid change because it is scary and is something we are not ready for?

If we always stay the same are we allowing God to work in and through our lives?

 

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The sport of it

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works—who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD. Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 104:24-35, NRSV)

I love this Psalm, because it shows that God has a sense of humor! As if I needed more than God calling me into the ministry as an ordained pastor to show me that He has a sense of humor…

But the line that the seas have creeping things innumerable and ships and Leviathan that He made for the sport of it!

Everything in the world was made by God and nothing happened apart from His plan.

And while we can find humor in Leviathan, we can also find hope in Leviathan. Because God created everything and nothing is a mistake or happened without His doing.

So you are special and made for a purpose!

 

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Are you in your right mind?

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all,that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:11-17, ESV)

Have you ever heard the old saying that only left handed people are in their right mind? The right side of the brain supposedly controls the left side of the body and the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, so left handed people are controlled then by the right side of their brain. But is that what Paul is talking about here?

We know that left handed and right handed people are different, they do things differently and think about things differently. But so do many right handed people. We all seem to be controlled by something, so what is that?

Our intuition, or is it something else? Some people are more passionate and artsy, and creative it seems than others, but they are not all left handed. We are driven by our inner desires to achieve something, be that notoriety, or success. We are driven to be the best we can be, and these desires lead us to follow our intuition, but maybe our intuition is not what we should be following.

Paul tells the Corinthians if we are beside ourselves, then we are doing what we need to be doing. If we are outside of ourselves, and allowing someone else to have control over our life, then we will be doing what we need to be doing. If we are controlled by someone else, not our boss, or our friends, or our parents even, but controlled by God. Not a puppet on a sting, but a coworker with God in the kingdom. You see it is like this cartoon from Radio Free Babylon:

waste the day

You see Jesus is always there. We are not left alone, and we can only be in our correct place when we are controlled by Him and beside ourselves. If anything else controls us we are not following after Christ, and doing our own will. So be besides yourself and allow Him to have control.

 

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My Father…

 

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