Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday, June 9th: 2 Chronicles 32-33; John 18:19-40

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Chronicles 32-33; John 18:19-40

John 18: 36 “My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus.
This is why Jesus was killed.  This is why the Jews did not recognize Him.

They were looking for the wrong Jesus. They were looking for a king who would throw off the mantle of oppression that they were under, and conquer the Romans.

But Jesus didn't come as a conqueror.  He wasn't what they were looking for. He wasn't what they wanted.

He came to die.  He came to rescue, but He did it by conquering sin and death, not Rome.  He came to offer the world reconciliation to God, but so many did not see it and they spat in His face instead of falling at His feet in repentance.

We don't get to accept Jesus for Who we want Him to be.  We can only accept Him for Who He is. Who He said He was.  Who God proclaimed Him to be in the Word.

One day He will be a conquering King.  But first, we need to accept Him as the suffering servant.

Are we looking for Jesus?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage2 Chronicles 34-36; John 19:1-22

1 comment:

Nathan Reimer said...

2 Chronicles 32:15
So now, don’t let Hezekiah deceive you, and don’t let him mislead you like this. Don’t believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to rescue his people from my power or the power of my fathers. How much less will your God rescue you from my power!’”

2 Chronicles 32:8
He has only human strength,[d] but we have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” So the people relied on the words of King Hezekiah of Judah.

We have many worldly forces that are trying to stop us from living for God, just like the Judeans did then. These forces seem strong and unbeatable, but God showed then and can show now, that He is much stronger. We need to place our trust and faith with Him.