Sunday, May 27, 2012

Would You Do It?

Would you do it?

If you were a disciple of Jesus, and Jesus said that one of his disciples shall deliver him to suffer many things, and to be killed, and to be raised again;

and he said that you were that disciple,

would you do it?

Which would be the greater disciple, the one who would do it or the one who would not? That is the question his disciples debated among themselves when he told them that one of them shall deliver him. (Luke 22:21,22,23,24)

To set their thinking straight, Jesus told them that he was among them as one who serves. Whom did he serve? In his temptation, Jesus said, “God only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4:8) Was it God's will that Jesus be delivered? (Romans 8:32) Was it God's will that Jesus give himself? (Galatians 1:4) If Jesus was giving himself in service to his Father, would not the one who delivered him then be his servant, a position he taught that the chief among them should take? (Luke 22:26)

What do you think? If Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, you shall deliver me to the chief priests to suffer, and to be killed, and to be raised again,” should then Peter deliver him or not?

What if that disciple were not Peter, but another disciple which had recently betrayed him? And what if, by coincidence, the betrayal had been the making of a covenant to deliver him after the devil, not Jesus, put it into his heart to do so? (Matthew 26:14,15,16; John 13:2) If Jesus then told that disciple that he shall deliver him, what then should he do?

Could a disciple who failed Jesus previously not then serve him? If not, then how can any man serve him? Who among us is without sin?

What if Jesus forgave that disciple who betrayed him – forgave him before he told him that he shall deliver him? What if Jesus washed clean that heel which was lifted up against him? (John 13:5,18) What if that washing by Jesus removed from that disciple the influence of the devil, and then that disciple was as clean as Peter; and then Jesus said, “What you have said you would do, now you will do it, and do it quickly?” (Matthew 26:25; John 13:27) Should he then do it? Quickly? Should he leave behind his brothers in Christ who did not know the intent Jesus said this to him? (John 13:28)

Or do we say that what Jesus washed is unclean?

Are we beginning to detect the revelation of that man of sin, the son of perdition (2 Thessalonians 2:3), who was lost (John 17:12), whom Jesus came to save (Matthew 18:11), whom Jesus gained as his brother (Matthew 18:15), and whom Jesus raised at the last day [of his life] (John 6:39)?

After we receive this revelation, then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, that Wicked whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:8,9,10)

Do we, like Simon Peter, oppose those things which Jesus said must happen at Jerusalem? Is our spirit, or attitude, as was Simon Peter's, after the working of Satan? (Matthew 16:21,22,23)

Have we received the one whom Jesus sent? (John 13:20)

Have we received the love of the truth, the love with which “the truth” loved them, even unto the last of them? (John 13:1), the love by which he forgave the one who trespassed against him? (John 13:5), the love with which he loved us and with which he said we should love one another? (John 13:34)

Or have we suffered strong delusion and believed a lie? (2 Thessalonians 2:11)

Would you do it?

If you were a disciple of Jesus, and Jesus said that one of his disciples shall deliver him to suffer many things, and to be killed, and to be raised again;

and he said that you were that disciple,

would you do it?

I ask these questions only in my own name.

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