Category: Meditations of Jesus

As This Little Child



During Jesus’s three year ministry, his disciples discussed amongst themselves who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of God.    Overheard by Jesus,  He decided to show them the honest truth.. that they may as well forget about even entering the Kingdom’s gates unless they enter as a little child.       Calling over a little boy who was nearby,   He then placed this child right in their midst, and told them, ‘Unless you become as this little child, you will in no way even ENTER the Kingdom of God.” That immediately shot down the disciple’s presumptious assumptions right at their roots.

Why would this little child be their role model?     Because this little child, first of all CAME to Jesus when He was called.    Secondly,   after being called, He allowed our Lord to place him where He wanted him to be placed.   The child did not argue or refuse to comply.  He didn’t make excuses but quietly responded and obeyed and he allowed “another to gird him and lead him where he would not normally choose to go.”

Jesus was already that ‘little child”.   At birth, He set aside His Divinity and lived as a servant and bondslave to His Father… allowing the Father to place Him on earth wherever He willed,  and allowing the Father to have His complete control over every detail in Jesus’s life…   Regardless of how undesirable these details were in the Father’s plan.. Jesus submitted Himself out of love to the Father’s will and allowed the Father to “place” Him wherever He -the Father- desired.

Later , after Jesus had been resurrected from death by crucifixion.,  He asked Peter,  three times, “Simon, Bar Jonah, Do you love Me?”

“….Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was deeply hurt that Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love Me?” “Lord, You know all things;” he replied, “You know I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”  “Truly, truly, I tell you, when you were young, you dressed yourself and walked where you wanted; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and Someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”   Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. After He had said this, He told him, “Follow Me.”…  (John 21:18)

Upon listening to Jesus, perhaps Peter recalled at that moment when Jesus had placed that little child in their midst and taught them how they must become like that little child to enter God’s Kingdom.    Like that little child, Peter would have to surrender his self will and extend his hands to that Someone, Who is None other than Christ and allow HIM to lead him and place him where he would not choose otherwise.    First Jesus would clothe him with HIS garments and gird him., then lead him out of himself to a greater surrender of genuine love that he had never experienced before.

“When you will grow old…” Jesus said,  indicated not necessarily only physical old age, but also when Peter would mature spiritually and have that unselfish love for our Lord which speaks, “Lord, do with me what pleases Thee”.




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I put the picture (above) on in full stance – and was contemplating..”what” could He be thinking?  And then this…what is in my heart…as if He was (and is) speaking as I look at this picture…to His Father in Heaven, while being on earth? Or even now.  Here goes:


Jesus to His Father:   “What more can I do Father? I have given My very life’s Blood for them to pay the price of their Redemption…
Why can’t souls see how much I love them!  What more could I do, yet I would die again for each one if that is what it would take to save them! How can they ever understand such love….A love they too, must immolate and imitate to be My followers.  Ready to give their very life for their brothers.  To love as I have loved –  and do love still.


How I still pray for each soul to come into Your Kingdom of peace, love and joy – to spend an eternity in Your Embrace.  To truly know the love of a True Father!  How much I love You, Father, and will do anything for Your Honor and Glory.  To give You souls.


They don’t listen!  They go on their way in blindness – the blindness the enemy of their salvation gives to them in lies and deception, in offering silver and gold and all that sparkles to entice them.  I speak to them in visions, visiting them in their very rooms, dreams and even trials to bring them to their senses!  I send others to witness to them in hopes a spark can be re-lit and bring them back to Me.  So many once believed and loved me as their First Love, and were so on fire for Me – but over time, this dimmed and the allurements of the world choked them –
Still I was always there, ready to forgive and strengthen, to show unfathomable mercy in their regards.  Oh souls, you do not know My love and how I forgive, how merciful is Your Savior who died such a horrendous and terrible death to free you from the slavery of your worst enemy of your souls!  Could you not say ‘Thank You’, even?


How I long for you to return!  Only I can give you true life and joy.
And I will pursue and pursue till your dying breath and last heart beat, to win you over to My Love.  I will never stop.  I am the great pursuer of souls to bring them to repentance and free them from the enemy who only wants to kill and destroy and give them an eternity of untold suffering!


I am here my children!  Speak to Me!  Trust in Me.  I call you always.  I will never relent in speaking your name..listen to Me when I call you.  Listen!  I will never stop.  I love you that much.  Only look at the Cross – and you can understand such a love that never gives up calling the beloved!  { I can hardly  type Lisa, I am crying }


He is saying enough for now, beloved.  Souls have to know my endless mercy in their regards and how much I love and forgive.  To never doubt or fear.  As I said in He and i  – “Don’t wait to be please with yourself..just as you are..come! In your greatest shortcomings, throw yourself into My arms..I came to heal and restore.  Never doubt, Oh never doubt! ”  Come to the One who loves you most.  Let Me take you to My Father – Your Father who loves you with a boundless Love! ”
Your Jesus

Shared by Patricia Owens



John 1: 9-10

“The true Light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.  He was in the world , and the world was made through Him, yet the world knew Him not.  He came to His own home and his own people received Him not….”

I read these words in the scripture today and was struck by the reality of them.. how Jesus “came to His own home… His own people,  but was shut out..   was not received by them.      I thought of how true this was and still is, even when He was in His mother’s womb…    and Mary and Joseph were searching for a place where she could deliver Him they were turned away for “there was no room for them in the Inn”.

Jesus was also shut out .. even literally pushed out of his home town synagogue in Nazareth, after He revealed the truth of Who He is.     They pushed Him to the edge of a cliff, and wanted to kill Him, but He was kept from them being able to see Him , as it wasn’t His time to die yet.

Mary Baker,  a subscriber to a You tube channel I listen to shared on the channel a dream she had that I believe depicts Jesus:    “I was sitting in a dirty street and this lamb kept trying to jump in my lap for comfort and to be held and loved. He was like a stray animal that had been abandoned. I had the strong feeling that He had been rejected, forsaken and that he wanted my love and comfort. …”      That lamb is Jesus..   unwanted,  rejected.. even from those in His “own Home”.. from His ‘own people”.

And even Christiandom pushes Him out., and leaves no room for Him.. preferring the image of following Him, but not the reality of Him as our Lord and King.

May we receive into our hearts and homes our Lord Jesus..   Our Savior and King in Exile..




In the Old Testament, in 2nd Kings 5:  9-13,   we read of Naaman, a  Syrian general with leprosy who was told about the prophet, Elisha, in Isreal who might be able to obtain healing for him.   Naaman had a lot of wealth and power.., and held a high office in Syria.. so when he went with his assigned men to Jerusalem, he came with his chariots and horses..

Regardless of the fact that he held such high prestige, and that it would have made the prophet look good to have such an honorable guest., Elisha  was not led to come out of his home to greet him, but was led to give directions to a messanger to relay to Naaman as to what God required him to do in order to be healed of his leprosy.     This, of course, offended Naaman, who felt that he deserved far more honor and courtesy than that..  at least the prophet could have come out of his home to greet him.   To make matters even worse,  he was highly offended that the instructions were for him to dip himself  7 times  in the muddy Jordan River.., especially when there were much cleaner rivers available, and after all…  he is a Syrian general..  who does this prophet think he is dealing with?

Naaman almost turned his horses and chariots around to leave, when one of his servants reasoned with him , saying, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!  , and so, Naaman thought about it for a bit, and realized that his servant made a good point.  What did he have to lose anyway.,  Against his personal preferences,  he obeyed and  dipped himself seven times in the Jordan river, and came out healed.


(“…So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”

11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.

13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.”)

Centuries later, another Man dipped Himself into the muddy Jordan River..   This Man also holds a high “office”., .. in fact, this Man is a King.. of all Kings., yet this Man did not come to the Jordan River in fine horses and chariots.  He came by foot and stood in line to wait His turn behind others being dipped in the Jordan.    He did not balk or complain about having to step into dirty water, and be submerged in baptism.   Yes, there were far pristine rivers for Him to be baptized in..   and even John the Baptist tried to discourage Him.    “I need to be baptized by You, and yet you come to me?”, John said to Him.    Yet Jesus gently replied, ” Suffer it to be so for now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness.”

So in both portions of the Scripture , we see the contrast in humility between someone of this World in high position, who was incredibly offended in being directed to dip himself in the Jordan River.,    and Someone of the Highest Office.. not of this World,. a King of all Kings.., of every Universe , yet He graciously, humbly waited His turn to be completely submerged in the muddy Jordan River.. even though He didn’t HAVE to , but because He wanted to obey the Father in every way.

This Man., this King in Exile, offers mankind the crystal clear, pristine Living Waters of the River of Life, yet He, Himself.. to fulfill all the Father’s Righteousness, willingly allowed John the Baptist to submerge Him in the muddy Jordan River without complaint.    What a study in Contrasts between Jesus’s humility and inner nature compared with the ruler’s of this World!

Joseph and Jesus


“Here I Am, Father”

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit reveals to us very clear glimpses of Jesus Christ.. epitomized in various saints .. such as Isaac,  Milchizadech,  the prophets,  Israel’s king, David, and also Jacob’s son, Joseph.    Joseph is a very clear prophetic type of Jesus.

Even Jacob clearly represents the Heavenly Father in regards to the special spiritual bond Jacob shared with Joseph..  which set him apart from his older brothers.   That bond was possible only because of the inner communion both of them first shared with the Heavenly Father.  Joseph’s older brothers didn’t understand that bond.  They respected their father, but the bond they shared with him was more on a practical, dutiful level.  Spiritual things were of little or no significance to them and they probably assumed Joseph was a bit weird because he  didn’t share in the same mentality they had.    “Here comes the “dreamer”, they said, when they saw him coming toward them from afar off.

Jesus also shares that type of spiritual communion with the Father.   In John 15:10 ,  Jesus says, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”  Many of the religious elite despised Jesus for His spiritual communion with the Father..  yet some were in awe of it.   “Lord, Teach us to pray”,   His disciples asked Him, desiring to also have that deep inner connection with the Father they noticed in Jesus as He prayed.   (Luke 11:1)

That spiritual bond Joseph shared with his father, Jacob (Israel) was prophetic of the spiritual bond Jesus shares with the Father.   When Joseph’s brothers were taking long out in the field shepherding the flocks, Jacob called Joseph to go and search for his brothers.   “Here I am” Joseph replied, and here we see a glimpse of Jesus.. the “I Am” /Son of God.    Just as Joseph said, “Here I am” to Israel, his father,   Jesus also said, “Here I am”  to the Father when the Father sent Him to come down and “search for his brothers” on this Earth.. to search for the lost souls.     “Come , I will send you to them”… go now, see if it is well with your brothers, and with the flock, and bring me word again”,   Jacob/Israel said to his son, Joseph.   Joseph obeyed out of love for his father.. just as Jesus did out of love for His Father!

You Who Kill the Prophets!

Joseph found out where his brothers were, and coming to them from a distance,  they saw him, and felt hatred in their hearts toward him.   “Here comes that “dreamer”, they said.,  “come, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits;  then we shall say that a wild beast has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”    They said the same in regards to Jesus.    His “brothers” in Israel,  .. the ruling religious elite in charge of the flocks (all the Israelite people seeking a shepherd)  detested Jesus.. , the “dreamer” who allows the people to call Him the ‘Son of David”,  and goes against all their rules while making them look inferior before the people. He, whom they accused of as having a demon, and being “mad” (John 10:20).

“Come, let us have him destroyed”, they also said.,  but they knew they needed to wait for an opportune moment to arrange for his death.    Only if they had been in communion with the Father , would they have realized that the Man they wanted killed, was none other than Heavenly Father’s Son,  sent to Israel,  to see after their spiritual well-being and the well-being of their “flocks”.     (Luke 13:34:  “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing)

Tכְּתֹנֶת פַּסִּים‎‎‎ kəṯōneṯ passim –  The Coat/Robe of many colors:

Joseph’s father made a long robe for Joseph,  a special one just for him, of many bright colors.   This instilled jealousy in his brother’s hearts and the scriptures state in Genesis 4:7, “they hated him and could not speak to him“.     Later, as he was walking toward them after Jacob had sent him to fetch them,  they tore his robe off of him, and soaked it in goat’s blood., and threw him in a waterless pit.

The same was done with our Lord.     Probably His mother had sewn a robe for Jesus .. a seamless outer garment robe that He wore..  someone who cared about Him made it for Him.    It was this robe (as well as all His garments) was also stripped from Him.  Because they could not tear it,  they cast lots for it.,   and it was His own blood that stained this robe ..   it wasn’t goat’s blood.   Instead of a waterless pit, He was thrown into a cell after His interrogation, until the following morning when they would bring Him to trial and death.

Rainbows are a symbol of hope.   The coat of many colors represents a rainbow,  and Joseph’s spiritual calling was to be a hope for his people..   a Hope from God.  Little did his brothers know this.    Jesus IS our Hope from the Father., and like a rainbow,  He bridges the gap between Earth and Heaven.. so that we could come back to the Father.   Little did those in Jerusalem realize this as well.

We Love Him Because He First Loved Us:

As was mentioned, before Joseph was sold into exile in Egypt, his brothers couldn’t stand him, and had no desire to speak with him.  In Genesis 4:7, it’s mentioned:… “They hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.”    Later, after Joseph was made ruler over Egypt, and used by God to provide grains for all during the famine.. after he revealed that he was Joseph.. whom they sold into slavery,  they were convicted and could not bear to look him in the face.     This time they could not speak to him, because they were faced with their guilt..(Genesis 45:3)  “But his brothers could not answer him for they were dismayed at his presence”.  

  After their dismay, Joseph  reached out to them.. undeserving as they were, “Come near to Me, I pray you”, he said to them.     Just as Jesus says to us, undeserving as we all are,  “Come to Me, all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest“..”Come“.    Joseph then reached out to his brothers, by offering his forgiveness to them , and explaining to them that all they had done against him was used by God for good.  He kissed his brothers and wept upon them, and we see a reuniting in spirit of those who have sinned with the one they had sinned against.  This reuniting was only from God in Joseph, giving him HIS mercy and grace for his brothers who wronged him, and thus having him share in the very mercy of Jesus Christ .     Now the scriptures read “..after that his brothers talked with him.” (verse 15)  NOW there was true communion spiritually between them all, because Joseph bridged that gap and extended Gods love and forgiveness to them first.,    We see three stages shown..   starting with no communion whatsoever, to conviction , then to a reuiniting and forgiveness made evident in this chapter.. the forgiveness of Christ.

The Agony of the Father

In the beginning, when Joseph’s brothers first sold him and pretended to the father that he was murdered by a wild beast,  his father, was inconsolable.  In tears, he said, “I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.”   Here we see a hint of what our Heavenly Father experienced over His Son when He had to temporarily separate Himself from His Son while He bore all our sins on the cross.    This was the hardest suffering Jesus also experienced, being separated from His Father in spirit.,  and it was the hardest time for His Father as well..     The Holy Spirit reveals to us through what Jacob/Isreal experienced in agony of the separation of Joseph a little hint of what grevious suffering our Heavenly Father also experienced .. both Father and Son paid a heavy price for our salvation., a price that we will never understand the cost of on this side of Heaven.



Under Thy Feet..


We read in Mark 12: 35-37, “The Lord said to My Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I put Thy enemies under Thy feet.”

Quite literally, Jesus’s enemies were under His feet when He hung dying on the cross.    Spiritually and prophetically speaking,  When Jesus sets up His Kingdom on this Earth.. as in Heaven…  all will be brought into submission under “Jesus’s feet” by our Lord.

Even the fact that His arms were nailed in place so as to extend to the right and to the left indicates His sacrifice as an “embrace for all mankind”.. From as far as from the East is to the West.



You know how it is said He prayed in the night..(as the others slept) He prayed to His Father for hours in the evening?  I was thinking of that ..then this vision went through me as I wanted to console Him or just keep Him loving company from a poor soul He died for:

So here I am from 2017 ( already knowing He would die for us and redeem us…) I see Him in a sort of clearing away from the others following Him – I did not see them asleep.  But there was our Beloved (and this is for all ) kneeling down on the cold ground – I knew somehow it would be colder then, and when I was with Him there praying, very respectfully I walked slowly (on His left side – )  I had on a long sort of white or soft ecru dress to my ankles I would say..younger than I am – my hair was up but I was carrying a white colored blanket for it was cold (I sensed) and I walked over softly while He was praying to His Father.  He did not see me or know I was there (from our time..yeesh)
I was standing (this is all so clear) as I had walked over to Him and was slightly bending down and He turned gently and looked up at me and I said…very softly…I don’t want to disturb You, (as He was in deep prayer) but if you would want me to, would you like me to pray with You?  He looked up at me, and seeing He was feeling the cold too, I put the white blanket over His shoulders and I knelt next to Him – again as I said- on His left.  Then I put the other part of this blanket over my shoulders and we knelt side by side – He put His arm about my waist and I put my right arm about His waist, as the blanket covered us both nicely that way… then we put our free hands together and our fingers we just looked at each other with much tenderness… and He put His face next to mine…(so sweet and tender) – and we prayed as that.  Like almost two children praying to our Father.  It was so sweet.  He never said a word and I just assume from this vision we just continued to pray together to the Father, and He would now and then just give me a little kiss on the cheek while we knelt that way( I know for a time.  ) Yet this vision was not long.   I just wanted to be with Him in this clearing to pray with Him and not leave Him alone.  And He was cold.
So that is how this came to me in my spirit.  We are able to in spirit use our imagination to be with Him or anyone, even His Mother Mary or anyone…in their time with Him – He takes it FOR REAL.  Since time is always present to Him.  Lovely!  And for all.
 I pray this encourages others to “visit” Him..esp. in the Garden of Olives where He suffered so much!  It is like when you were with Him in the prison.  This was sort of the same thing, except before His Passion – still teaching and healing I assume, and traveling with His Apostles +
Oh I remember could I forget, dear – there was a prayer I said while kneeling….( one remembers if I visited Him from our time…I could say such a  prayer that would only make sense to Jesus and His Father, so I felt that was unique.)
Knowing while I was by His side like that in this field or clearing, that He was to die for us, and in 2017 I knew this already, my prayer was different perhaps, indeed, but not out of place.  I composed this prayer in my heart while with Him and said the following. Not long, but from my heart.
He just looked tenderly at me while we knelt there and I said to the Father:
Father, I thank You for Your Son Jesus who shed His Blood for us sinners, redeeming us and saving us….I knew it was a prayer He would understand fully…um…”even if it was in the future” and one the Father would accept since I was “visiting” Jesus in this time from “our time”  He sees….all at once +
So this is my account of what transpired, and again, anyone . . . can do this.  This just flowed through me and He was so real and it was so loving being there in “spirit” hoping I was some kind of consolation, even if in a small way.
 Shared by friend, Patricia Owens

On a Mountaintop


After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.  (Matthew 14:23)

Jesus, our Lord and King in exile would often go to a mountaintop or high place to pray to the Father after a long day of ministering to the people,  or even in the early hours of the morning before others were awake.

It was on a mountaintop where Jesus gave us the Beatitudes,   the higher messages of the Kingdom, to those who were willing  to walk up the hillside with Him after a long day with the multitudes  below.   (Isaiah 52:7  How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him Who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, Who brings good tidings of good , Who publishes Salvation.”)

I can visualize Jesus climbing down from a hillside after an early morning praying with His Father in Heaven.. His face aglow with the Holy Spirit.,  so noticeable to His disciples that they were compelled to ask Him to teach them to pray.  And during the event we call “The Transfiguration”, it was  on a mountaintop that Jesus was literally transfigured with Divine Light before three of His disciples.

With this Transfiguration the disciples witnessed Jesus as the third Person of the Trinity with their own visible eyes.  They would soon have the opportunity to witness Him transfigured again with spiritual eyes.     Earthly eyes would not notice His brightness this time.   Only all of  Heaven and those on Earth with spiritual eyes to see, for this next mountaintop would be Golgotha.     At Golgotha,  He offered Himself in His most greatest prayer of all for mankind and to the Father.  He offered Himself and  His torment of dying by crucifixion as a Living Prayer on that cross- the cross on the mountaintop of Golgotha.

At that dark hour on Earth,  Heaven saw the greatest of Lights beaming on Earth’s soil below, and that Light was and is Jesus in His offering of Love for all… on a mountaintop♥

“… and there I Am, waiting for you right in the midst of the battle.  In the very place where I want your love:  beyond and above all things.  Above all things- that is where I am.  Rise to meet Me always..”   (Jesus to Gabrielle Bossis., recorded in “He and I”)

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”    (Matthew 5:14-16)



This past week was my turn to houseclean our church ..After working overtime from my job, I drove into our church’s parking lot to unlock the doors and begin vaccuming the floors.   Our church puts out an antique manger scene near the side entrance.  The figures of Mary, Joseph , Baby Jesus and one little lamb are almost life size and illuminated from within by light bulbs..  The manger is a wooden crèche covering the figures with strewn hay placed under the figure of baby Jesus .     A life size figure of Jesus as an adult is also placed on the side..    The entire display is so simple and humble..   and it reminds me of just how simple and humble our Lord’s earthly parents truly were..and how simple and pure He is Whom has emptied Himself and made Himself of no reputation..    and the poverty in which He had been born into.

I think it was the hay that really affected me..  the realization that our Lord was born in a feeding trough where animals of labor ate from.,  and where they rested for the night on hay.   How far removed are our churches of today and the real poverty and simplicity our Lord lived from first entering this World to the day He was executed from this World.   He was as Jonah in the belly of the whale..   the Whale representing this dark World which could not contain Him any longer, so it “spat Him out” of it’s belly.

When I looked at the life size figure of adult Jesus placed at the edge of this humble manger scene,  I saw a Jesus with a simply woven garment.. possibly patched up in spots  where daily use wore holes in the cloth.   Red sand dust showing near the hem of His garment where He walked the wilderness roads from village to village.. about His Father’s business.  Worn sandals that revealed great use.  I touched the shoulder of His life size figurine.. His shoulder ..  and I felt as though I was touching the shoulder of a homeless man.   Would I be offended in Him., in His poverty?  Or would I embrace my Lord, who out of total love, emptied Himself to identify with the poorest of the poor.

Our Lord, Emmanuel .. God with Us,  came down to our World from the Ivory palaces and streets of Gold, to sleep on earth’s hay and live with beast-like mankind.. that we would follow His Light and find the way back to the Father– His Father and through Him, now ours once again.♥




The Mind of Christ


From that time on Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.   Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Far be it from You , Lord! he said.   “This shall never happen to You!”  But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me. For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”…

When we read this incident recorded in the gospels, we may be inclined to assume Jesus was calling Peter , “satan”,  when what actually occurred was that Jesus first rebuked Satan, who was the invisible instigator of Peter’s suggestions to Jesus.   THEN He corrected Peter, telling him he is looking at things with the eyes of man and not through spiritual eyes.   His remark to Jesus, while intended in good faith,  was actually instigated by satan as a stumbling block for Jesus.. to attempt to discourage Jesus from continuing the mission that the Father had sent Him for..  the ultimate mission of the Cross of sacrifice for all mankind.

Often , we as Christians, with good intentions , can be used by satan without us realizing it when we tell another fellow Christian to “pity themselves ” or “don’t put up with that from that person!”  etc…     To follow Jesus all the way up that mountain, we also are given a portion of the larger cup Jesus drank, and thus, we are united with Him in His sufferings (to a lesser degree than He, of course)    Jesus never considered Himself, His self-rights, and how unfair He was treated.    He considered only the will of the Father regardless of how unfair it appeared.

Jesus was so misunderstood because of this.    Even the Samaritan villagers were offended at Him because they noticed “His face was set toward Jerusalem”.    They were offended because Jerusalem was an influential city that despised the Samaritans.    The Samaritans didn’t realize that the only reason Jesus was determined to head toward Jerusalem, was not to have some religious celebration, but because that is where He would die… outside of the city gates for all mankind.    The Samaritans had no idea ;  instead they forbade Him from entering their city because they became offended in Him.    James and John asked Jesus if they could call down fire from Heaven to consume these Samaritans for their rudeness, but Jesus., Who never considered Himself or His rights,  told His disciples that they knew not what spirit they were speaking from..  that He did not come to destroy but to save.

How far removed is our way of thinking compared with Christ’s!


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