Friday: 5th April, 2019
Reference text: John 7:1-2,10, 25-30
John 7:25-26a Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? But, lo, he speaketh boldly,
When I look at some of the characters mentioned in scripture, I am tempted to query the zeal and motivation behind some of the actions they undertook. Were these actions fuelled by a desire to be part of history, an obedience locked on to absolute trust in God or just a rush of ADRENALINE? Often, the latter seems to be the more plausible answer.
In the Gospel today, Jesus walks into what we could consider the equivalent of ‘the lion’s mouth’ – right into the presence of those who wanted him dead. What is even more interesting about this scene is the fact that like Daniel in the den of lions, Jesus felt right at home and boldly did what He came to do.
In many ways, it appeared as though the words of the 4th verse of the 23rd Psalm were playing in his mind ‘ though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil’. This is one way his actions make any sense at all because it was clear that death could close in on Him at any moment. Yet, He did not even bat an eyelid.
Beloved, you ought to realise by now that it takes a lot more to confidently undertake any assignment given when all intentions of your opposition have been laid bare before you. However, in the midst of clear and present danger, having absolute certainty that your shepherd is with you, will strengthen your resolve and cause you to be right at home even in the midst of lions.
Remember # it takes more than just adrenaline to walk into ‘a den of lions’.