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Devotion #11 – Monday February 22

Our Rebel Leader – “Am I leading a rebellion?”
Mark 14:48
The scene is almost ludicrous. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is surrounded by a hostile, armed crowd. He has been weaponless with compassion in His voice and healing in His wings, but compassion and healing are a little too suspicious for powerful people. So they come burning with anger and betrayal. The Son of God apparently knows about sarcasm: “Am I leading a rebellion…that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?” But the question is more loaded than the sarcasm on the surface would indicate. He IS leading a rebellion. He is leading a rebellion against the human rebellion. He is leading a rebellion against the ways of this world and all the enemies of the kingdom of God. He is leading a rebellion against the culture of hate, anger and against the culture of lust, greed, and idolatry. There is a war behind the scenes of this battle. The commander of this traitorous world is now being cast out. Jesus knows exactly who has surrounded Him. On the surface, it looks like spiteful Jews under the authority of spiteful Gentiles. But Jesus has already told His disciples: “The prince of this world is coming” (John 14:30). Yes, by all means, this is a rebellion.
As descendants of Adam and Eve, we have all been participants in a rebellion. We have committed treason against the High King of heaven, We’re not sure what we were thinking at the time, but somewhere back there we joined in. Now we have a golden opportunity to join the quashing of our former uprising. Wherever we see injustice, we can right it. Wherever we see pain, we can soothe it. Wherever we encounter the wounded, we can help them heal. Are you waist deep in this war, or are you just passively sitting by? Join the battle. Join the rebellion whenever you can.

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