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.

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