Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Who's a Dumb Sheep?

The "dumb sheep" followers of Jesus' on Good Friday could be duplicated in our day. Take a minute and let that sink in.

What made them "dumb sheep" anyway? Their expectations were not met. They believed Messiah would come as a conquering King. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, He seemed to be "on the right track." A few days later, when He stood before Pontius Pilate, bruised and beaten, they felt betrayed.

Did you ever think you might become a dumb sheep if your expectations were not met? 

Suppose you believe prophecy is going to unfold in one way. You're sure that that Jesus will come in the clouds and take believers away before the antichrist will be revealed. At the very least, you've believed that the Church will be taken out before there will be any suffering involved, before the antichrist releases his wrath on Israel and her supporters.

That's what we'd all like to believe. Right? I'm all for pain-free living. But suppose it doesn't happen that way. Suppose God has a better plan. Will we bolt like "dumb sheep" and crucify Christ anew. May it never be!

When we are tempted to leave the paths of righteousness, may we respond like Simon Peter who, in a moment of supernatural clarity, said,

"Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We believe and know that 
you are the Holy One of God."
~ John 6:68

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