God Is Knocking at your door
Zechariah was a prophet and priest in the Old Testament and his book is filled with several different visions all scattered throughout the book.
This portion of scripture refers to Jesus. It spoke of Jesus who got wounded (on the cross) for his friends. He says he got wounded in the house of his friends and those friends are us.
Caiaphas the priest prophesied that it was better for one man to die/be killed for the benefit of many. He predicts through his corrupted mouth what is going to happen according to God’s will. The whole nation would be saved through one man’s death.
This same image is shown by Joseph who was sold into suffering and slavery in Egypt but God had placed him there to save the entire nation of Israel and Egypt. One man had to suffer for the many to live.
Special lessons from some of Jesus’ friends
1. Luke 22:57-, John 22:33
There was Peter who was imagined to be such a strong character but he denied Jesus three times! Peter had already professed that he was ready to follow Jesus all the way even to prison and death but here he is denying him. Jesus had already forewarned him about this.
Question to us: What would make you deny Jesus? Is it a hard situation that would sway you? Where will your courage be?
Our faith shouldn’t be so blatant because Peter knew Jesus and was very close to him but he denied him.
Peter was a close friend of Jesus but was forced to deny Jesus. We need to understand that Jesus is always there and won’t change. This is the thought we should have towards Him. Jesus isn’t just an ATM we go to for prayers to help us in life and give us gifts or advance our careers but we should also seek spiritual blessings. We need to ask earnestly for a prayerful and committed life. Let’s not be confused.
Jesus finally asks Peter if he REALLY loves him. He enables Peter to declare that he loves Jesus hence realising the depth and meaning of who Jesus is to him. Not just using superfluous words. We should be able to earnestly pronounce that the Holy Spirit is with us we should be in a position to accept that and be pure in our soul and mind. Let’s not say one thing yet our lives are not as holy as we should be.
No matter who we are in life or our work, we should be holy before God. Our titles or jobs mean nothing but we are all naked before God. He sees our hearts on the side.
Can we say that we can stand before God without any blemish in our hearts?
2. There’s also Brother Judas; a close friend to Jesus.
Matthew 26:23, Psalms 41:9 Psalms 109:15-20,Acts 1:20,Matthew 27:3-4
David prophesies the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. He was betrayed by a familiar friend who was even in charge of the treasury! He was finally replaced by Matthias because of his iniquity. The good thing was that when Judas realised his mistake, he repented himself.
Most of us are in that category but may not go before God to ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness is already given before God: not to be demanded. We need to come before God and receive it.
Unfortunately for Judas, he was full of self-condemnation and ended up committing suicide. Unlike Peter who came back humbly before God, Judas didn’t. Only a few people go before God and admit their sin hence receiving forgiveness. Just like the story of the prodigal son who realized his mistake and ran back to his father. His father gave him a royal welcome and prepared such a warm welcome for his son who returned humbly seeking forgiveness.
God is a lifter of those who humble themselves. Even in our work, no matter what work we are doing and we do it faithfully, God will reward.
God’s plan still happened even with Peter’s denial or Judas’ betrayal but unfortunately, Judas perished.
Let these characters teach us not to make similar mistakes.
3. Another character to learn from:
Simon of Cyrene
Cyrene was Libya in North Africa and Simon had come from there to live in Jerusalem. At that time a Roman soldier could force anyone to do anything for them. This man had the opportunity to carry the cross of Jesus: not any of the other close friends of Jesus but such a man was called upon the tough moments of Jesus.
It is a call for us to also share in these sufferings of Jesus. It is a privilege. Such a person who was from far was there in this tough time unlike the close friends of Jesus.
Let’s make it a point to be the chosen ones of God in any situation. Let’s allow God to use us with whatever talents and abilities He has given to us. Let’s realise and understand what God has given us and entrusted us with.
Rev 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I’ll come in and dine with him, and he with me”.
If we hear the voice of God, let’s open the door and let Jesus come in. Salvation is only in Jesus.
When Jesus says that he will dine with us and us with him, it’s because we are now 2 equal individuals dining at the table. Each one of us needs a personal encounter with God our creator. What a wonderful life we will have when we have a personal relationship with God. Let’s allow God to enter our lives.
If we can obey God’s commandments, the entire Trinity will dwell in us. God is always there waiting for us so all we need to do is to accept him.
He who covers their sins will not prosper so let’s seek his salvation and redemption.
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