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Choosing Powerlessness
Theme of the Week: Holy Week: Choosing the Cross
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so that Christ could make us acceptable to God. (2 Corinthians 5:21, CEV)

Dig Deeper: John 18:1-14

During the arrest of Jesus, Peter lunges at the nearest temple servant and cuts off his ear. But Jesus intervenes. "Put the sword away," he tells Peter and steps over to touch and heal the injured servant.

Then Jesus says to those who came to arrest him: "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me" (Luke 22:52-53, NIV). He points out their deceit and cowardice. For years Jesus has acted and spoken openly in public. To treat him like a common criminal now is a shameful act.

Nevertheless, the soldiers seize him and bind his hands. Jesus does not resist. The one who measured the oceans in the hollow of his hands (Isa. 40:12) chooses to be powerless. As the disciples flee, the soldiers lead Jesus away under guard. The one who has 12 legions of angels at his command (Matt. 26:53) chooses to go with them.

Throughout his ordeal, Jesus will refuse to cling to his power. Instead, he will embrace weakness in order to expose the impotence of worldly justice. His debility will become our greatest strength. His guilt will purchase our innocence.

—Michael Card in A Violent Grace

My Response: Why is it difficult to admit powerlessness? When have I found God's strength in my own powerlessness?

Thought to Apply: If you reject him, he answers you with tears. If you wound him, he bleeds out cleansing. If you kill him, he dies to redeem. If you bury him, he rises again to bring resurrection.—Charles Spurgeon (British preacher)

Adapted from A Violent Grace by Michael Card (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Thank you, suffering Redeemer, for paying the price for my sin. ... And through me, in some small or large way today, bring your priceless redemption to others.—Michael Card

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Curt Schleicher

April 16, 2014  8:24am

I am powerless when my attempts to demonstrate such 'so called' power go unrecognized in situations. In those circumstances, I need to call upon the power of the Holy Spirit to work in my life. But have I. No, more times than I care to remember, I have 'treaded deep waters alone resulting in frustration and discouragement. On these occasions which I may encounter in the future, I need to call upon my Lord for assistance and allow His power to work in His ways. Forgive me, Jesus, for those times that I've forged on in life and not allowed your power to work through me. Thank you for the times when you've given me the ability to 'let go and let God' work in me. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

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Chris Wolf

April 16, 2014  2:18am

In general men do not like to give up control of anything. Even when we have no true power to change something that is happening to us we still feel that we must resist and put up some kind of fight. True power is to let go and let God do what is needed.

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