Which direction are you headed?
John 18:6 – As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life.” The word “strait” does not refer to something being direct or without bends and turns. It refers to “narrow.” It refers to a path in which there is little to no tolerance for variation from the intended path. While some would call this an “exclusive” statement, it is rather an “inclusive” statement. If you’re willing to walk (live) in the “strait” way, you’re welcome to join Jesus in that way. And what makes that an “inclusive” statement is the age-abiding mercy, compassion, and grace He has extended to us along the way to make such a walk possible.
Jesus was walking a “strait” way. He was the Word made flesh. He had come to seek and to save that which was lost. He had come to pay the full price for our redemption from the curse of the law. He knew He had a number of appointments to fulfill within the next three days; arrest, beating, mocking, scourging, humiliation, cross carrying, nakedness before the world, becoming completely inhuman in appearance, crucifixion, death, burial, hell, resurrection, glorified body, and capturing all power. He had a path He had to walk, a direction He had to take, a destiny He had to fulfill, and NOTHING would deter Him, including a posse of Temple officials intent on His arrest and death.
A man with that kind of determination is going places. Add to that the fact that He was the Word made flesh, that He always did those things that pleased Father, that He walked in love that would never fail, and His faith could move mountains, calm storms, and raise the dead. Put that man under the pressure of the ages, watch as His sweat becomes blood, and present Him with a destiny presented to Him by Jehovah God, and I will show you a volcano of supernatural power awaiting eruption in a place and level of power that had never before been seen. There is therefore little wonder that when He opened His mouth to declare boldly who He was, His words would be so powerful that those who heard them staggered backward and fell under their impact. Of course, they were not the first to do so. Consider Abram’s encounter with Jehovah, Ezekiel’s encounter with Jehovah, the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace, and Daniel in the den of lions. And let us not forget the glory of God seen on Moses. And more, my friend, the glory that was given Jesus Himself as the “only begotten Son of God” now belongs to you. Stand tall, be bold, live strong, set your sights on eternity, and focus on glory, and NEVER TURN BACK.
Manna for Today – John 18:1-11; Ephesians 5:1; John 14:15-17; 1 John 5:3; Matthew 16:24; Matthew 19:21; John 1:1-14; Luke 19:10; Galatians 3:13-29