The enemy never controls your life.
V1 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him… V19-20 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” 20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you? … V25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill?
Jewish leaders were asking how? v1
Jesus was asking why? v19
The crowd (pilgrims) were asking who? v20
Some of the people were asking when? v25
Maybe today you are feeling storm-battered. Perhaps you are facing the onslaught of people speaking ill of you. Criticism can hurt so badly it takes you to the brink. You may be wondering why. (Though Jesus question was related to why were they going to break the law by killing him though offended he broke the law by healing on the Sabbath?) But you may be questioning why you are facing such attacks. Criticism can hurt so badly it takes you to the brink. Yesterday sadly a celebrity presenter took her own life because of such attacks.
What we will be reminded of in this chapter and throughout the gospel is that our time is not in the hands of anyone except God the Father who loves us immensely.
Secure in that we can live out our lives despite threats to de-stabilise us, confident in God and His purpose for our lives, no matter the attacks we face.