An interesting question that many have thought about if Jesus was a mental case. Well I heard an interesting sermon this past week that I would like to share with you. (Thanks Nathan). Most people would agree that Jesus was a nice guy, a great prophet, teacher etc. That is all true but if we stop there we miss the best part. We miss the treasure. Jesus claimed and is the Son of God.
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Being God in the flesh brings a whole new and exciting dimension that is probably the greatest gift in our lives.Something we not want to miss out on. Let’s look at a passage in John 18 vs 1.
1)When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.
2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)
6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
I find the reaction of the soldiers very interesting and maybe somewhat humorous. Keep in mind that these soldiers were well-trained along with being mean, tough, and very strong. Probably the best trained soldiers. The soldiers were looking for Jesus and when Jesus told the soldiers that he was Jesus, what did the soldiers do? Did they attack and go after him with shouts of charge? NO! THEY FELL TO THE GROUND!! These mean tough guys out for blood just fell to the ground. What did Jesus do to make them fall to the ground? All he did was he told the soldiers that he is Jesus and it is he is who they are looking for. He did it without any weapons.
How could a nut case have that kind of power over an army of very well-trained soldiers? A nut case cannot. Only the presence of a powerful loving God can. God guides, protects and loves us in a way that we cannot fully understand. God wants to be a part of our lives. He wants that relationship and yes he wants you to enjoy life, have fun and shower you with his many blessings. Do not miss the treasure that’s right in front of you.
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