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March for Jesus!
A group of dogs of all shapes and sizes running through the streets does not appear very odd. But a procession of dogs, cats, rabbits, hens, mice and other creatures would certainly be very strange!
Here is the true story of a very strange procession of different people - people who would not normally get on well together!
The leader of this march was Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' disciples. Judas planned to make a public display of his love for Jesus!
Following him were religious leaders, a number of other people, and a detachment of soldiers.
This procession was for Jesus!
A crowd usually attracts a crowd, but I know that God would not have wanted you or me to join in that march for Jesus! You see, in that crowd there was a great variety of different opinions and ideas about Jesus!
Those Jewish religious leaders, like any other priests of religion, rejected Jesus' claim as the only Priest and Mediator that could bring people to God.
· - Otherwise what do you think their own priests were for?
Those people in the crowd did not want Jesus as their Saviour4*.
· - they had their religious sacraments and duties that they believed could save them!
· Those Roman soldiers did not want Jesus as their Leader - The Roman Emperor was their leader!
And Judas did not want Jesus as his Lord - he was out to serve and please Satan, and to win the approval of the leaders of the widely accepted religion.
Be careful not to be deceived. This is not the kind of company Jesus' followers should ever want to go along with! Just because Jesus was the focus of this march did not mean it was right! Not everyone who speaks well of Jesus will have right motives for what they do in Jesus' name!
Jesus was not deceived by this crowd's apparent interest and attraction to Him. They came to Jesus in the darkness of night while He was praying in a garden outside the city. "Judas.. was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss Him, but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
"When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen.. one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, ‘No more of this!' And He touched the man's ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for Him, ‘Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on Me. But this is your hour - when darkness reigns.'"
Be careful not to be attracted by a crowd that is only pretending to love Jesus!
Beware of all those who refuse to believe10*.
that Jesus is their only Priest and Mediator, their only Saviour and their only Leader and Lord!3*.
Read about the march for Jesus, that was really against Jesus, in Luke chapter 22, verses 47-53.
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John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1Matthew 26:49. 2 Luke 22:47. Matthew 26:47. 3 Hebrews 7:23-28. 1st Timothy 2:5-6. John 14:6. 4 Matthew 27:15-23. 5 Luke 22:3-6. 6 Matthew 7:21-27. 7 Luke 22:47-48. 8 Luke 22:49-53. 9 Galatians 1:6-9. Colossians 2:16-23. 10John 3:16-19, 36. Acts 13:38-41.