Day 18, Chapter 18
There is a Voice so powerful, so over whelming, that its sound brings light from dark, peace from chaos, life from death. I have heard this Voice. It has whispered and shouted, comforted and challenged. This is the Voice that echoes through the ages, the same one that caused a band of soldiers to helplessly fall to the ground:
“[Jesus] went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, ‘Whom do you seek?’ They answered him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I am he.’Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, ‘I am he,’ they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, ‘Whom do you seek?’ And they said, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’ Jesus answered, ‘I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.’” (John 18:1–8, ESV, emphasis added)
I’m guessing the soldiers were not expecting to be brought to their knees in front of the Man they were sent to arrest. Still, they did their job, arresting Jesus and taking Him to trial. Did they wonder about this? Did they question how the sound of a Voice could send them to the ground?
Although I question how these soldiers could move on after an experience like that, I must admit I quickly dismiss and forget the power of the Voice. After all Jesus has done in my life, I forget that He is able to change everything with one utterance.
Today, I’m confessing my tendency to forget that Jesus speaks in power for my good. I lament my tendency to go the way of Peter (John 18: 15–27), denying that I know this Voice that has changed me forever.
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If you missed Days 1–18, no worries! Start with us tomorrow for Day 19, Chapter 19. All are welcome!