Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew 26:53)
It is Good Friday. My plans have been thwarted. My plan was to play golf here in about an hour and a half. As the raindrops pound my house pretty hard, that is probably not happening, and that is ok. I can’t help but think of myself as little as 12-15 years ago, this would not have been ok. In fact, this would have ruined my whole day. My attitude would have just stunk and I wouldn’t have been pleasant to be around . . . at all.
As it stands now, it’s not so bad. In fact, I realize I didn’t post a WMD this past Wednesday, so I thought I’d write a special Good Friday WMD. I know, I know, a Good Friday Wednesday Morning Devotional is impossible. Fortunately, with God all things are possible!
It is Good Friday. For the longest time I used to think “It is when Jesus died.” Now, I think of three moments that still teach me to this day.
The first moment is actually from the movie the Passion of the Christ. It isn’t in the Bible, but I think about it every Good Friday ever since I saw the movie. Jesus is about to take the first lashes from the cat-o-nine tails. He is knelt down, hands bound. I imagine every other prisoner up until this moment in history stuck in this position screamed for mercy and begged to not suffer what they were about to endure. Jesus simply looks up to the Father and says, “My heart is ready.” This makes me say so many times, “No matter what happens to me today, Father, I can take it. I can take it for You, and I can take it for the others who need to see a heart yielded perfectly to You. Help me honor You with everything that I am.”
The second moment occurs when the soldiers asked Jesus if He was Jesus of Nazareth. Here is what the Bible says:
When Jesus said, “I am He” they drew back and fell to the ground. (John 18:6)
This is such a small taste of the power of our God. Look what He can do with just three little words. What could He do with my words if I’ll perfectly yield my heart to Him and His will?
Lastly, and this has been probably my favorite verse for a long time. Peter, who after walking with Jesus for three years still has so far to go, cuts a soldier’s ear off. Peter acts just like 99.9999% of all people who say, “Nobody is going to mess with me, my friends, my family, my stuff, my rights, blah, blah, blah.” We all stand so ready to inflict pain with either venomous words or powerful fists. Yet, here is our Lord about to receive the ultimate injustice. What does He say?
Are you not aware that I can call on My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way? (Matthew 26:53-54)
Jesus basically says, “I could be like you, Peter, and destroy, but I choose not to.”
What if we all did this? What if we yielded our hearts perfectly to God and He so changed us that we were able to humble ourselves and seek the greater good as our Lord, Master, God and Savior did?
It would do what it did all those years ago while He was here . . .
It would transform the world around us.