For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4)
People have lived with conflicts and wars since the early stage of human civilization.
Warfare occurred in various shapes and forms; nevertheless one of the more frustrating and complex encounters is when we discovered we are our own worst enemy. Surprised? There is this conflict deep within ourselves. How do you fight against yourself?
In consideration of our own human communities living, how we think and behave as an individual and collectively have created so much difference between people. In peaceful time, we can accept others differences as “unique”, but in times of conflict all diplomatic effort could not find any common grounds.
Friendship turns to foe.
We live in a world people can argue all their life about who’s right and who’s wrong. Yes we have our differences, and we have our values. The way we’ve been brought up and educated to a certain extend had projected our thinking pattern towards certain form of idealism.
In short, people think and see things differently. We have different perspective and how we think co-relates to how we solve problem, in particular human relations issue.
Let’s consider example form the Bible. Between Jesus and the masses we see two separate view point to a same social problem – how to handle the Romans?
When Jesus started His public ministry, He knew he was born to be “King” and the authority and power God had placed upon Him. People around Him saw and witness His capacity and they expected Jesus to engage in certain physical warfare to defeat the Romans and make Israel independent. Thus at that circumstances that was the people’s concept of a perfect solution – ‘get rid of the Romans once and for all?’
Jesus did not buy into that idea, no. But all throughout Jesus’ public ministry, He had this one instruction or the perfect solution for the people –
Jesus did not said that because He was weak. No. Jesus had better understanding of our human actions and consequences.
Let’s consider well how Jesus presented Himself to the people. Look at all those miracles He did and how He preached with authority and caste out demons. The power and authority of Jesus is real and full of impact, even Herod was looking forward to meet Him in person. The crowds of people who followed Jesus were enough to intimidate the Chief Priest, although Jesus Himself does not boast nor rely on numbers.
This same Jesus is asking the people to repent instead of engaging in physical warfare to fight the Romans. When Jesus called for repentance, that call included the Romans as well.
Everyone is a sinner, we all got our share in it. So finally the whole wide world have got one common goal – repent.
Did Jesus know the problems of the people? Yes. Jesus lived and walk among the people. He knew our pain and frustrations.
For all the things Jesus did, there is ONE THING He did not do. Jesus did not teach the people to apathetically resign to their fate. No.
Jesus taught the people to pick up their courage and walk with God and serve the will of God without fear of what man may do to harm.
There was so much attention and reactions towards Jesus’ ministry because He was actively presenting the will of God as the key solution to life’s problem. The attention on Him hit national level that the Romans and Chief Priest had to do something before Caesar (Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus) got to it.
Jesus offered to the people, friendship and fellowship with God in His Kingdom instead of worldly strives and conflicts, and the condition for receiving Jesus best offer is this –
By then one can imagine how many of the Jews turned away from Jesus. They had expected Jesus to overthrow the Romans, but instead got a good long three years full of lectures on repentance. For a start some of those senior Pharisees were hopeful and gave Him pretty wide support, till they got it into their head, that this Jesus really wanted them to repent and forget about overthrowing the Romans. Even among the common folks who followed Jesus there was twice as many who rejected Him.
Some have claimed Jesus’ teaching “difficult and unacceptable” (John 6:60).
Let’s consider this, one fine day Jesus was preaching to the masses. The message is the same for all who hear as Jesus was speaking in public. Among the crowds, fishers men like Peter and John, housewives, tax-collectors, craftsmen, soldiers, Jews and Gentiles, even religious leaders, and all kinds of people you find at the open market. You can easily imaging how vast and different the reactions. Let’s pause for a moment and search our heart and mind, why the differences in reaction to Jesus’ message?
The answer could well be in our hearts’ desire.
It is true that those who received Jesus were expecting something from Him. They could have come to fill their own needs. Many had their fill of breads and fishes, but went away neglecting the spiritual bread from heaven. There were those who received miraculous healing, illness which medical doctors could not cure. There were a lesser group who had an enduring close friendship with Jesus and they were seeking something of eternal value.
By a general rule, the more knowledge we had, we can make a better informed decision. Thus people, company, corporations and government agencies invest a lot of time and resources in getting more quality, reliable, accurate and updated information – all for the sake of making well informed choices. There are things we can do to prepare ourselves to make better decision. We can take initiative and ask for better information and knowledge.
In any warfare – the worst disappointment is miscalculation and misleading prediction. Our knowledge are limited.
The best knowledge we can attain to in our entire human history thus far, is not found in a data base. It is found in the very person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus presented to the people a resolution for peace, everlasting peace that will carry them through eternity. The will of God is to heal us and restore us to His blessing that we may walk in peace with Him and with people.
Unfortunately as long as the people could not accept Jesus, they were prevented by their own thinking pattern in attaining to the full knowledge and understanding of God’s concept of peace and blessing.
History has proven, for the Jews’ rejection of Jesus Christ; they suffered the consequences He warned them about. In A.D 70, about forty years after the historic crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Jerusalem was destroyed, again. Like the days of the Old Testament – God sent His prophets to warn them to repent and return to God before it’s too late.
For all that Jesus had done for the people; He had every intention to shows us what is “good”, “acceptable” and “perfect”.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
The teaching of Jesus Christ is our path to eternal peace.
Man’s rejection of God’s wisdom will hold ourselves captive to our own world of strive and conflicts.
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