Thursday, July 7, 2011

Two swords enough?

July 7, 2011
The Life of Jesus; read today:  Jesus warns the disciples to be prepared; Luke 22:35-38

They were up for the fight of their life. They were to have thousands of soldiers come to meet them.  Jesus had told them that He was going to send them out in to the world.  He told them that they needed to prepare themselves.  They, as usual, misunderstood.

LEB: Luke 22:38. So they said, “Lord, behold, here are two swords!”
And he said to them, “It is adequate.”

Yet, somehow, Jesus answer was not that far off.  They really did not need more than two swords.  They really only needed one sword, the ‘sword of the Spirit’.  They only really need that one.  If they were going to be telling the world about Jesus, they needed the Spirit to guide them.  If they were to fight the armies of Rome (and they were about to meet them), they needed the Spirit to guide them as well. 

When I live my life each day, I really do need to take a sword to a gun fight. As long as that sword is the sword of the Spirit.

Read for next time: Jesus comforts the disciples; John 14:1-4
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