A Prayer
of Jesus

I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise
and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will


Contributed by Tommy Reyes  

Thursday, 07 July 2005
Did Jesus encourage the disciples to fight?  No, He didn't. I believe Jesus may allow His disciples to use force violently and fight the evil doers similar to the future apocalyptic event. Nonetheless, He made it clear that His kingdom was and is not of this world. His servants known as His pupils would fight till death if His kingdom were of this world. Jesus asserted these following words to the political leaders of His time.
My kingdom is not of this world.
If My kingdom were of this world,
My servants would fight,
so that I should not be delivered to the Jews;
but now My kingdom is not from here.

Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?"

Jesus answered,
"You say rightly that I am a king.
For this cause I was born,
and for this cause I have come into the world,
that I should bear witness to the truth.

Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?"

And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews,

and said to them, "I find no fault in Him at all. (John 18:36-38
The followers of Christ are versatile and excellent fighters of a different kind of conflict or engagement. We were taught by our master to do “good” to those who hate us. Love our enemies. Sound like unconventional way of overcoming our enemies. While our enemies are building up hatred in their hearts to commit murders, we are on the other hand,  filling our hearts with divine love to give life and understanding among the inhabitants of the earth.
The cycle of violence would continue if we follow the principle of “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” which Jesus had quoted with stern disapproval. The Christian crusaders and Muslim martyrs may choose the path of violent religious conflict to their extinction. Too bad innocent victims are being used as part of a scheme to create fear, claiming that the end would justify their means.
Our kingdom is not of this world. Our Master Jesus Christ had said it so. Period. The kingdom of Christ is above and beyond the governmental operation of this world. We are here for a purpose. We are the salt of the earth, often misunderstood as passive pacifiers and useless citizens. We should not be a part of the global conflict or parcel of the religious tug of war. Let us continue to become the light of this world that they who love or hate us may see our good works and glorify our heavenly Dad.
Luke 22:48-51
48 But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?"
50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
51 But Jesus answered and said, "Permit even this." And He touched his ear and healed him.


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