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Devotional - week of August 20, 2017


DISTURBING INVASION

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,  John 1:14

The birth of Jesus was God’s invasion onto planet Earth and into human history. He entered a world that needed change. The process needed for change would result in enormous disturbance.

In His infancy Jesus created fear in Herod. As a result of Herod’s fear countless infants were put to death. Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt for the safety of the infant Jesus.

When Jesus was doing His Father’s business in the temple at age 12, He created great discomfort for Mary and Joseph.

In Jesus’ adult ministry people were divided in their discussions about Him. Was He really the Christ or not? Jesus drove the religious leaders to such envy that they demanded His crucifixion. Their demands created a great disturbance in Pilate and his wife.

The arrest, the trial, and the crucifixion of Jesus resulted in deep disturbance in His disciples and His family. Jesus’ mother, Mary, was at Calvary when He was on the cross. In Luke 2:35 Simeon prophesied that Jesus would be the cause of a sword piercing the soul of Mary. Surely this was fulfilled as Mary watched her son suffer and die on the cross.

The presence of Jesus in peoples’ lives has resulted in many broken families. The angels sang "peace on earth..." at the birth of Jesus, but during the days of His ministry Jesus said:

Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.  Luke 12:51-53

We must understand that Jesus does not create great disturbances for the purpose of producing pain. The purpose is for creating changes in peoples’ lives that result in the abundant life.

You may be in a state of spiritual turmoil now because of your need for Jesus. You may need to receive Him as Lord and Savior. If you have already done that, you need to experience your union with Christ in crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Unrest will be replaced with an abundance of joy and peace.