I spent about ten years living and ministering in a small town in southern Wisconsin. A number of the families in our church body were raising farm animals. One family had goats.
Not once (in all my years in that fellowship) did I ever hear that family express worry over what would happen to the poor coyotes and mountain lions if one curious little goat managed to escape the pen.
Because we all know full well the fate that would await such an adventurous little guy: coyote food.
In Matthew 10:16, Jesus gathers together his disciples to give them an encouraging word about his calling on their lives. So, what does he tell them? How he will always be with them? How he has given them every place they set their feet? How a thousand may fall at their side, ten thousand at their right hand, but it won’t come near them? How power will come on them and they’ll be witnesses to the outermost parts of the earth? How he loves them so jealously?
No, he tells them simply, “Look, I’m sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.”
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As the end of the calendar year approaches, I’ve been finding myself missing one thing (ha ha, no pun intended) more than any other: the OneThing conference put on by the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.
Although I did not attend this conference every year, it had certainly become a regular part of my life. Not everything is perfect, but I’ve been fed, challenged, encouraged, and strengthened through their ministry, and I’ll definitely be missing it this year.
Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
I had planned to read a bit more today, but those four verses stopped me in my tracks.
Oh, we serve such a humble King. Jesus–king of all creation, eternally God, majestic and powerful in all his ways, more beautiful and more glorious than the rising sun–humbled himself on our behalf. He hid his glory and appeared as a man. He let men mock him, spit at him, beat him. He–the righteous one, the perfect one, the holy one–let wicked and unholy men give to him the punishment that they deserved.