Archive for March 2nd, 2007

Beyond The Borders

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Today’s scripture: John 11:45-57 (NRSV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two.

My thoughts (Julie Benson):

I had always believed the only one to predict Jesus’ death in the gospels was Jesus Himself. But in today’s passage Caiaphas “prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but to gather into one the dispersed children of God.”

Caiaphas — a prophet? The same Caiaphas who was responsible for leading the Sanhedrin to believe Jesus was a threat to national security? The same Caiaphas who bribed Judas with silver to betray the Messiah, and who presided over Jesus’ initial hearing to have him crucified?

How could God use such a wicked man as a prophet?

God can and will use anyone as an instrument in order to fulfill a greater purpose, even if it is contrary to that person’s own intentions! Being a high priest was not an automatic qualification to become a prophet, but God is clever and was able to use the mouth of one who would be visible.

The words of Caiaphas are filled with truth and a twist: You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed. One statement. Two perspectives. Caiaphas can see only within the borders of Israel and projects his limited view. God can see Christ giving up His life for all people of every nation as an offer of salvation by His death.

Clearly, God can speak to us and through us in ways that may not appear to be sacred or divine. By opening ourselves up to the presence of God moving everywhere in our lives, we may be able to perceive a wealth of wisdom!

Thought for the day: Can you see what God may be saying to you through others? Think beyond the borders!

Today, let’s join together in prayer, thanking God that we’ve made it through another week. God, we’re weak and the weeks just grind on. Help us to focus on You. Help us to take refuge in You.

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"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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