I would love to share with you all what our campers are learning in bible study here at camp. Here is what their bible study was over this beautiful Thursday morning:
Usually when people think of Jesus, they usually use the words compassionate, understanding, friendly, peaceful, gracious, kind, people-loving, and outgoing. Am I right? All are very good and accurate descriptions, but they don’t truly complete the description of Jesus. There are other sections of the Bible where we see different character qualities of Jesus. Let’s look at some of those.
So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
So here, Jesus clears out the temple. In this passage we see that Jesus is dominant and strong.
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
In this passage, Jesus (as a baby) escapes the wrath of Herod Antipas with his parents’ help. Herod wanted to kill all the boys of Bethlehem because he was afraid of who Jesus was. This proves that Jesus is powerful and worthy of fear.
Another word used to describe Jesus is Hero. There IS a villian: Satan is real.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
The villain here is Satan. God desires that we have life, but that life is opposed. There is a thief. Yes, life is given to us by God, but you have to fight for it because there’s an enemy in your life with a different agenda. God intended to give us life, but we had the fall at Eden. God then had to have a path for us to give us life again. And Jesus is the Mighty Warrior through which that can happen.
Now that we know that Jesus is our mighty warrior, what can we do now? First, we must be ready for battle and put on the Armor of God. We can find this in Ephesians 6:10-18. We are first instructed to put on truth because we need a good, solid grip on reality, not some fairy tale. If we don’t know the truth, and if we don’t know who is really behind all the devastation in the world, we’ll blame God.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
This verse tells us that Jesus fights for our freedom, our restoration. How incredible. And finally:
I have told you these things, so that in me you may peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
There it is! We have to understand what is really going on in our world. We have an enemy, and he does NOT want us to have life. Jesus wants us to have life; that’s why he died for you and me. Jesus fought for us thousands of years ago, and still does today. But do not fear, He has overcome the world.
Do you view Jesus not only as a silent Lord, but as a mighty warrior as well?
Until next time,
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