Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 20:17-19 (NKJV)
Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again."
Jesus Knew: As Jesus headed into the stretch run of His ministry on earth, He was clearly in touch with the Father and knew the plan. Jesus had a side-bar with His disciples and prepared them for the tragic events that were about to unfold. This gives us some important insight about the character of Christ. He is about to “greatly suffer,” and He is concerned about the disciples.
The Disciples Continued to Live in Denial: Jesus had earlier prophesied concerning His demise and Peter took Jesus aside and said, “Far be it from you Lord. This will never happen to you!” Jesus disagreed, “Get behind me Satan, you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of man.” Even with this rebuke; even after Jesus gives His followers the same prophecy once again; the disciples chose the bliss of ignorance. James and John, along with their mother, hounded Jesus for positions on the right hand and left hand of His throne when He set up His Kingdom. Was there no disciple listening? Jesus answers once again, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
How can I apply this to my life? No doubt, I need to eliminate my selective hearing and “really” hear what God is saying to me. Too often, I’m inclined to only apply the teachings of Christ that have a low impact on my life. You know, do the easy things, follow down the path of least resistance. “Love one another.” (“Sure, Lord; I will endeavor to love my brothers and sisters in Christ.”) “Love your enemies.” (“Next…”) “Do not murder.” (“Can do!”) “Anyone who is angry with his brother will be in danger of judgment” (“But, what about the time when my brother….”)
The Bottom-line: The Gospel is not just a bunch of wise saying and commandments for us to know; the truths of the Gospel are to be lived and fulfilled through the actions of our lives. Are you listening to the voice of the Good Shepherd?
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.