A Different Perspective - February 14

Winners and Losers 
by Berni Dymet

Matt 26:51-53 Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?

Let's face it - we love to win.  We're conditioned to win. And not just winning, but being seen to win. But sometimes, sometimes winning isn't winning at all. When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, one of His disciples drew a sword and sliced off the ear of the slave of the high priest. A reasonable thing to do it would have seemed - after all - He was protecting God's own Son. 

But Jesus - Jesus admonished the disciple healed the slave and allowed Himself to be arrested - even though as God's Son He had the power to stop it … and then He went to a brutal death on a cross. 

It looked like the biggest defeat in all of history - this miracle working Messiah who claimed to be the Son of God - killed on a Cross.

But it turned out to be the biggest victory of all time - a victory that gives you and me the opportunity of eternal life.

Sometimes, winning isn't winning at all.

Your FREE eBooklet - “Five Ways to Overcome Stress”

The alleviation of stress is the number one felt need in society today. More than a half of all visits to the doctor are stress related. How about you? On a scale of zero to ten, how “stressed out” are you? There will always be pressures in life. That’s a given. But stress is actually our response to those pressures and as such, it’s something that, with God’s help, we can overcome. That’s what our latest Life Application Booklet is all about: Five Ways to Overcome Stress. We would absolutely love to send you your very own FREE copy to help you experience God’s peace, in the middle of the pressures in your life.

 

 

 

Editors' Picks

  • Remembering Billy Graham, 1918-2018
    Remembering Billy Graham, 1918-2018
  • How Did Lucifer Fall and Become Satan?
    How Did Lucifer Fall and Become Satan?
  • When a Harsh Pastor Is Really a False Teacher
    When a Harsh Pastor Is Really a False Teacher