2. Don’t try to resist the greatest power.
More than anything else, the story of Judas shows the complete futility of opposing the Lord Jesus Christ.
The band of soldiers came to arrest Jesus with lanterns and torches (John 18:3), presumably thinking that Jesus would hide and that they would need to search for Him. But when they arrived, He came out to meet them and identified himself: “I am he!” (18:8). The arresting party brought Judas with them so that he could identify Jesus with the secret sign of a kiss, but before Judas could plant his kiss on the face of Jesus, our Lord had already identified himself.
Several hundred soldiers showed up, but Jesus was arrested, not because of their power, but because He gave Himself to those who came to bind him. He died because He chose to lay down His life, and He rose because He chose to take it up again (John 10:18).
It is better to take your stand with Jesus Christ than to be with a vast crowd who are against him. Read forward to the end of the Bible story and you find that in the last times there will be vast armies arrayed against Christ and against his people. These armies will be led by the antichrist, whose power will circle the globe.
It will seem like the antichrist has all the power on his side, as it seemed that the Roman soldiers had all the power in the garden. But then Jesus Christ will come in His glory, and the Bible says, “The lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:8). Jesus blows on his enemies and they are gone!
When Christ comes in power and glory, I want to be among his friends, not among his enemies, and so do you. Don’t try to resist the greatest power. To resist the claim of God on your life is to take on a fight that you cannot possibly win. Stay with Jesus and you will be kept by the greatest power.
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