December 5, John 18:19-23, Hitting Jesus?

John 18:19-2319The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples, and about His teaching. 20Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret. 21Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said.” 22When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, “Is that the way You answer the high priest?” 23Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?” 

I cannot even imagine that I would stand beside Jesus and hit him, can you? The entire idea seems so disrespectful and degrading to Him, to God. Why would I ever hit Him? He is my savior, the peacemaker, my hope, my joy, the sacrifice for my sin. What would I be thinking?

I am pretty sure that I have hit Jesus, several times in my life, if not daily. 

Why did the officer hit him? Jesus spoke the truth with God given authority and the officer did not recognize it. That is me, I am the officer. 

What greater authority in my life is there than God and Jesus? God gives me the opportunity to listen and obey His Words. Jesus came and spoke the saving words of God. He led the life that I want to lead. What more do I need?

What comes between hearing how God wants me to lead my life and executing His plan for my life? It is me. I believe I know better and that I am the authority on how I should lead my life. Just like the officer I do not recognize Jesus’ authority. I am hitting Jesus.

What am I going to do about it? 

When I pray, I am going to repent and ask God’s forgiveness for being disrespectful of His authority.

When I pray, I am going to ask God to help me put myself aside and do what He wants me to do.

When I read God’s Word, I am going to recognize it as the authority for my life.

When I think of Jesus, I am going to follow His Words, His life and His example.

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!

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