An Incomplete Picture
Theme of the Week: Born to Be a Warrior
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. (John 2:15)
Dig Deeper: John 2:13-22
Many of us imagine Christ based on the pictures we've seen painted of him, meek and mild, smiling. Just a gentle force for good wherever he floats. Certainly Jesus is the promised Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). The problem with this depiction is not so much that it is inaccurate as that it is incomplete.
If you look at the life of Christ, he was not a divine doormat. Imagine Jesus, with righteous anger, violently toppling the tables of the corrupt money changers in his Father's temple (see Dig Deeper). Or consider this picture of Christ's return as envisioned by John: "I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. … Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. 'He will rule them with an iron scepter.' … On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS" (Rev. 19:11, 15-16, NIV).
We must consider all of what the Bible tells us to fully appreciate God's character and Jesus's example. [Then] we'll learn how to be men who know how to fight for what's right.
—Craig Groeschel in Fight
My Response: How have I typically imagined Jesus? Do I need to adjust my image of him in light of this reading?
Thought to Apply: Righteous wrath is no less noble than love, since both coexist in God.
—John MacArthur (pastor, writer)
Taken from Fight by Craig Groeschel. Copyright © 2013 by Craig Groeschel. Used by permission of Zondervan. zondervan.com.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, awaken a fighting spirit within me that seeks to defend what is right and advance your kingdom on earth.
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