When Jesus was about to be betrayed, the mob came at Him, Peter swung His sword and Jesus told everyone to relax. In the midst of the confusion and the attempted arrest, Jesus says these words:
“Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?”
To me, this is the essence of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. At any point He could have skipped out of this. At any point He could have given in and decided to prove His power instead of being frustrated and humiliated constantly.
The pull had to be there. It’s what Satan’s temptation in the wilderness was all about, and I doubt heavily it ceased there.
I don’t know what people think when they hear talk about living the life of Christ. I think many have the idea that we just smile more, or that we get surrounded by miracles.
The life of Christ is hard. Remember that Christ was described as a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.
Living the life of Christ means when we are faced with the choice between defending ourselves, proving our wonderfulness, or taking a shot and being humiliated: we choose to get shot.
Yet so many who I see claim to be followers of Christ are upset about everything and constantly demanding their rights. It’s not even over big stuff. It’s the Christian whininess about what this person said to me or the dumb guy at the register who slowed me down because he doesn’t even know how to count change.
Every day you have multiple opportunities to give into defensiveness and proving you are better, or just taking the shot, being humiliated and let it go. If we can’t handle this waiting in line for our hamburger, I doubt highly we’ll withstand true persecution.
As Paul told believers in Corinth, instead of fighting, “Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?”
This is the life of Christ: “though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
If you’re a believer, go live this.