Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pugilist (Mark 14:43-50)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “pugilist.”  One of the little known, or at least acknowledged, passages in the Bible comes right before the arrest of Jesus. You can imagine the scene is totally tense. The disciples and others that have been following JC know that it’s all coming to a crazy ending.

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. The men seized Jesus and arrested him. Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. ~Mar 14:44-47

My question is: how far are you willing to follow Jesus?  Even though this dude who was following JC had the best intentions in mind, Jesus made it very clear that violence was not the answer.  There was no place for pugilists in working towards the kingdom of God.  Jesus brought a message of peace.  And although he appreciated the fervor of those before them, he did not want to lose the message and all of it.  My prayer is that you make the decision to follow Jesus and his teachings in a way that would inspire others to follow as well.

Praying for you


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