Humility at the Feet of God – An Easter Reflection

Reading: Matthew 26:57 – 27:31 (NIV)

Scripture

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”

“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Matthew 26:63-64 (NIV)

Observation

It's interesting to reflect on the challenge that the high priest made to Jesus. He said, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” The reply he got was exactly what he wanted. He knew that Jesus was compelled to tell the truth, and he welcomed it, not as truth, but as a succinct unambiguous claim of identity: “Yes,” Jesus said, “it is as you say.”

With this statement, Jesus had nailed himself. But Jesus didn't leave it at that. He added a powerful prophetic statement to leave them in no doubt, and to lay down a warning: “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Anyone there who really was open to the possibility that Jesus might in fact be who he said he was would have cause to swallow hard about what they were planning to do. It was a stark warning, but it fell on hard hearts. The company present would kill Jesus, and his words would come back to haunt them.

There was perhaps one man in that gathering who did have fresh cause to reconsider his opinion of Jesus. Malchus was the servant of the high priest. He had been there when Jesus was arrested on the Mount of Olives. It was he who had his right ear cut off as impetuous Peter lashed out with his sword. And, it was he who looked up to find that the very one they had come to arrest was reaching out his hand, and touching him, and he was healed. It was a moment he would never forget.

I wonder if in that moment, something softened in his heart? Enough to give him reason to pause, and consider afresh, “Could this man actually be who he says he is?”

Application

Humility before God is the only way for us to know truth. It's being prepared to lose face by stepping away from our old attitudes toward Jesus in order to stand with the very one we had previously mocked. Or shunned. Or perhaps simply ignored. It's being able to come before him with hands empty and heart open to say, “I was wrong. And I need you.”

Prayer

Father God, your approval is what I want more than anything. Ultimately, the opinion of others matters not. Only that you would forgive me, and accept me, and enjoy me. May arrogance be far from me as I thank you, and humbly accept your incredible gift of grace.

 

Posted on March 29, 2013, in SOAP and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. God bless you man of God. I just joined Word Press and still don’t know how to work this, however, I know that it was not by accident that I stumbled unto your page for I looked for Christians and found you. The Holy Spirit in you is very powerful and I love reading your comments. God bless you and may He continue to give you insight as He is Glorified.

    • I very much appreciate your comments. I’ve recently heard it said that it’s revelation from God through his Word and through the Spirit that shows us all that he has for us, but it’s our faith that takes us out to claim it. Like a land before us that is waiting to be explored.
      I feel I have so much further to grow in my faith. But both revelation and faith come as we seek God and search his Word, and as the revelation comes, so does the faith.
      May God bless you as you serve him.

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