Spies, Mercenaries, and You and I
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My husband and I have been watching spy shows lately. Explosions ricochet and cars burst into flame while two or three trained personnel rescue children from kidnappers or free communities from violent drug cartels. And no matter the crisis, the loyal friendship between these heroes never ceases to capture my attention. Without hesitating, they charge into danger to protect each other.
In my Bible reading today, I walked into a tense, pulse-racing battle scene too. Mercenaries infiltrated a quiet night, friends betrayed each other for money, and men held their weapons out with taut arms. Jesus alone stood calm.
And I noticed the smaller print in my study notes below, drawing my attention to a repetitious part of the transcribed dialogue there. Jesus asked the mercenaries and soldiers the same question two times.
“Who is it that you want?”
“Jesus of Nazarus,” they replied.
He asked them again, “Who is it that you want?”
“Jesus of Nazarus,” they confirmed.
“You have me. Let these men go.”
Hmmm. Our Warrior-God, aware of his coming torture and execution, is nonetheless thinking of his friends’ safety. Not bargaining for himself, he stoically, carefully, guarantees their safety.
You’re here for me, right? Then let these men go free.
And my courageous hero complex? He woos me anew.
Are you looking for someone who will love you unconditionally, who will see the good in you, who will fight for you, and who wants the best for you? The God of the Universe loves you fiercely, passionately. He is the warrior standing up saying, “Take me, let them go” for his friends in the dark night, knowing that death is coming. And he is the God who died for you. For me.
(Linking too with Ann at A Holy Experience…)