“Jesus as a Warrior” by Rick Littreal

I struggle with how to even write this one.  We all know that Jesus is not weak, that He is the Son of God, that He voluntarily laid His life down so that we could be redeemed.  We know the power He has to heal, deliver, make whole, and bring life. We’ve read about the powerful way Revelation says He will return – as a Warrior riding a horse, followed by an army of Saints….

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelation 19:11-16

We know the power of Jesus when He was on earth, now in Heaven, and when He will return – at least what our earthly minds can comprehend of it.  So I want to look at how the Greatest of Warriors treated others when He was here among us.

It’s easy for men to become wrapped up in what they have accomplished, what titles they may hold in the world, at their job, or even in the church.  So it’s good for us to look at Jesus, the One who had every right to demand honor and acknowledgement, and see how He treated those He came in contact with.  Here’s a list of the attributes that came to mind…

  • He did not demand others to feed Him, He fed others.  (water to wine, feeding multitudes)
  • He did not focus on His own needs, He cared for others.  (various healings)
  • He did not come to earth demanding others to serve Him physically, He came to this earth to serve.   (washed disciples feet)
  • He did not come asking for money or provision, He provided for others.  (feeding, money in fish’s mouth for taxes)
  • He did not worry about other’s perception of Him, only His Father’s.  (ate with the tax collectors, prostitute anointed His feet)
  • He was not selfish with His time.  (took time for the little children)
  • Did not seek His own glory, but the glory of His Father.

 

These are only a few of the many characteristics of Jesus but we can use these 7 to help us begin to look at our life and see if we are a warrior reflecting humility or a warrior demanding recognition.  I know I don’t always get it right and I pray that the Lord will help me to become more like Him as I move forward!

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