John 18:36 No Physical Fight

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Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36

Jesus had been arrested and was going through a trial. The leaders did not believe that He was who He said He was. They were asking Him if He was the king of the Jews. Jesus points out that His kingdom is not one of this earth, it was not a physical kingdom, but one from somewhere else.

There has been times that Christians have been known to be violent in standing up for Christ. During the middle centuries, the church went on crusades in order to kill of the believers of false religions. It was a physical effort to build God’s kingdom on this earth.

In more recent times, there have been some “Christians” who have been extremely violent against unbelievers. Some have been known for blowing up abortion centers in an attempt to stop the sin going on there. In the process people are killed and not given the chance to believe in Jesus and change.

Jesus did not use any physical violence in the process of building His kingdom. He never harmed any person, no matter how good or bad that person was. His method of building His kingdom was using love.

Love is something that is not of this world. This world is ruled by the devil, who does not believe in love other than the love of self. The world claims to show love, but it is selfishness and hate for others.

People will not be won over to Jesus, by striking them and cutting them down. They can only be won over by showing love, mercy, and grace. These are the very same things that Jesus showed you.

The kingdom of God is from heaven. It is filled with love, not violence. You do not need to use force to get people into His kingdom.

Jesus did not need physical protection, because He was in God’s hands. In the same way, you do not need physical protection. You are in God’s hands and are of a different world.

Since you are from a different world, the ways of doing things are different. Live the life of love, mercy and grace as you reach out to build God’s kingdom, not force.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will use God’s love to reach the lost; that you will not fight in the physical against this world; and that God will strengthen you to show His love to this world.

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John 17:16 Not Of This World

Not Of This World

They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” John 17:16

Jesus is praying for the disciples and is telling God to protect them from the evil one because He will be leaving the earth. He points out that they are not of this earth, just as He is not of it.

All over the world one of the hot issues being talked about is people who are immigrants. These are people who are coming out of one country in order to live in another country.

Many people do not like the idea of people from another country coming in and living in their country. The new people are strangers. They have different customs, beliefs, and ways of doing things. In America it is often easy to spot a new person from a foreign country. Often they do not speak English and they act very differently. Since this is the case, many people treat them differently or even in a rough manner wanting them to leave.

Believers are very much in the same way like those immigrants. This world is not their home. The belief system is very different from that of the world. The world looks at life as eat, drink and be merry, get as much as one can as fast as he can and control others, all focused on self and today. Believers believe in serving and loving others, building others up, and are focused on eternity and God.

When a person is focused on eternity, the troubles of this world lose their impact. What a person has today or is going through is not as important as to holding onto what the future holds. The believer is focused on getting to his eternal home in heaven some day. There is a hope and life that the world does not and cannot know without knowing Jesus.

Knowing that you are not a citizen of this world, but are just passing through can build you up and strengthen you in the trials of this life. Everything that you are going through is temporary and getting you ready for your new home.

Go through each day looking forward to the day you step into heaven with Jesus for all eternity. Jesus had left this earth to prepare a home for you. Strive to be ready for that home and bring everyone you can with you. You are not of this world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that God will strengthen you to live for Him; and that you will be ready for heaven someday.