I know this guy who is an amazing martial artist and great fighter. You would never know it. He doesn’t look mean, and he is a super friendly guy. You may know someone like this. I’ve met a few over the years actually. And one thing I have noticed is that the toughest dudes in town are typically very laid back, friendly, and generally chill. They are definitely not the ones bragging about how tough they are and how good they are at fighting. They tend to not fret about much, and almost never engage in a fight. They also typically avoid fights because he knows how it is going to end. Think about that for a minute. They know how it is going to end, so they really don’t fret. They have nothing to prove. A fight for them would be mundane, routine, a waste of energy. If you knew how something was going to end, do you think you would worry much? No way! You would be chilling out.
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“At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.’ He replied, ‘Go tell that fox, “I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.” In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!’” – Luke 13:31-35
Someone tells Jesus that the leader of the country, in this case the king, is out to kill him. And is Jesus even phased? Not at all. He just keeps going on, working to fulfill his mission. I’m not even convinced it was even a blip on his radar. Jesus just kept doing his thing.
There is ultimate peace and confidence when we know the outcome of something. Are you stressed? Are you struggling with something? Does it seems like you are swimming upstream? Does it feel like you are fighting too hard and it is exhausting you? When we accept Jesus Christ, we know that God has got us. No matter how this life goes, and no matter how this life ends. Nothing here can hurt us. (Luke 10:19) (Romans 8:38) We know who is in control, who created the world, and who holds the keys to eternal life. And when we accept Jesus, we know exactly how it is going to end. Jesus already overcame death and the grave. He has already won. And as followers of Jesus, so have we.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this great Word today. We are awed by your wisdom that surpassing all understanding. Thank you for revealing to us glimpses of your kingdom, an of your great and perfect presence. We ask that you help us be more like you God, to open our hearts, and to know You more. We give all honor and glory to you Lord, and we receive these gifts in the Jesus’s mighty name. Amen.
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