Sunday, November 1, 2009

Slap In The Face

"Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face." John 18:22

Did you see it?

"The first hand to strike the Savior was a religious hand." Ken Gire

Summoned, and now standing before the high priest, Christ is questioned concerning His teaching. His identity opposed by priests and temple officials. Men who were familiar with the Scriptures, but unfamiliar with the Savior. They knew the truth, but missed the One who was the Truth.

How often have I failed to see Jesus? Failed to hear Him speak to me in His Word? Have I raised a hand against Him by my actions or words? Touch is not the only way to slap a face. Ignoring His voice. Disobedience. Insult. Neglect. Pride. Each of these cause greater pain and leave a sting.

There in religious chambers, behind sacred walls, hostility raged.

Today as we enter holy halls of worship, lets honour Him with a tender touch. How could your hand reach his heart with love? Would it be through a step of faith? An act of surrender? A humble confession? Forgiveness sought or received? May the actions of the Temple guard act as a slap in our face to get our attention and awaken us to the ways we are mistreating our Savior.

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Cheri Bunch said...

Wow, Joy! This is a word from the Lord. It challenges me! Thank you. I will ponder it for the rest of the day, friend! Blessings, Cheri

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Very good question. How have I "slapped" my Jesus in the face? What a horrible thought, yet one that I am guilty of. Of that I am sure!

Hope dad is doing well. Would love an update as time allows. On another note, would you bake a cake and dress in pink on my birthday?!