[quote]John 18: 3-6
Judas then, having received the band of soldiers, and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were coming upon him, went forth, and saith unto them, Whom seek ye?
They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, who betrayed him, was standing with them.
When therefore he said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. [/quote]
Sometimes it seems like the enemy has unlimited resources-an unlimited supply of junk to throw at us. I was reading this today and saw that Jesus doesn’t express any kind of surprise or alarm that Judas has shown up with an army.
How did you get an army!?
Where did all of these soldiers come from?!!
Nope, He just gives them the unwelcome greeting: Who did you come for? (I say unwelcome, because when I’m out visiting houses for my job, testing for internet service, we have noticed the people that recognize our car and want our service greet us with something like “I’m so glad you’re here!” or “Can I get it?!” without any greeting. People that don’t recognize us ask: “Can I help you?”)
Jesus is not afraid of Judas’ ability to procure and army at Midnight. He is not sighing with a statement like, “What next? An Army? Seriously!” The Merciful and Patient One is not exasperated by His enemy’s schemes.
The Father doesn’t want us to be exasperated. He wants us to know that whatever gets slung our way, He’s got a big enough shield to block it, or a big enough paper towel to clean it off!
1 John 4:4 is no lie –
[quote] Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.[/quote]