During the lesson yesterday with our youth group, I saw a scripture in a new light that I never noticed before. (Don't you LOVE when that happens?) The scripture I saw was in John. It comes where people were asking Jesus, "Who do you think you are?" (John 8:53) - he is trying to tell them who he is & they instantly considered it to be blasphemy. The scripture that really hit me is:
John 8:59 "At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the templed grounds"
Then - you go a little further & you see in John 10 that Jesus is questioned again & like the first time, they are angry & say in John 10:33 "We are not stoning you for any of these, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God". Jesus tried yet again to explain things to them but look what happens:
John 10: 39 "Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp"
Can you imagine what that looked like? I can't picture Jesus just stooping down - hiding in that sense. And I REALLY can't see Jesus running like he was afraid of these men. What did it look like? Was it a supernatural thing that happened. Did he blind their eyes? Do you know how angry that had to make people that were trying to kill him that he kept "getting away" & then continued to keep saying the same things!
But I couldn't wait to show Ricky these verses when I got home from church. With him being a superhero freak & he considers Jesus the greatest Super Hero in the world - I knew he'd love this too! Just shows the power & awe that Jesus held!
How amazing is our Savior?