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#49 A Dispute between Disciples

John’s popularity is waning, so Satan sees an opportunity to stir up rivalry. Some rabbis ask John’s disciples why Jesus’ disciples should baptize, since that is John’s thing. They “notice” Jesus’ crowds growing, while John’s are dwindling daily.

Upset and defensive, John’s disciples ask him if he is aware that Jesus’ disciples are baptizing–that Jesus is stealing the show.

John is subject to entertaining their suggestions, their feelings. But he chooses to live on a higher plane of perception, above debilitating jealousy.

He says, “A man can only have the honor God gives him.  Jesus is Messiah, and I am not.”

Then he helps them understand. “I am the friend of the groom bringing his bride to him. Now my job is over, and I rejoice at his happiness. He must grow greater than me. My job is over.”

John knew who he was–a result of knowing God intimately. God wants that relationship with you, too. And besides self-worth, it makes you emotionally bullet-proof.*

John ends with “He is the only one who has the Spirit without measure. If you don’t see God in Him, God’s wrath is all there is.” Or said another way, God has nothing better to attract you.

“God’s wrath” is defined in scripture as “God letting go” of us–He doesn’t torture us, He lets us have our way. We destroy our selves with His enemies help.**

John 3:22-36   *2 Corinthians 7:10, Romans 8:28   **Many scriptures define God’s wrath as God letting go, or giving persons or nations over to the enemy (over 30 in Isaiah and Jeremiah. Romans, chapter 1 has three).

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2 Responses to “#49 A Dispute between Disciples”

  1. I saw the Netflix movie, Nanny McPhee, last night. The children understood the kind, patient wrath of the nanny as she let them have their own way. Then I read your blog this morning. The nanny was a good human example of wrath- unlike the angry, violent image in many people’s minds.

    • Thank you so much for your feedback and kind words. I saw that movie, but don’t remember it well, except that I really liked it and she was what they needed. I agree that we need a completely new picture of God’s wrath. When God is angry, He comes Himself and suffers through the remedy so we can choose. Even so, we can still choose against Him. The remedy doesn’t turn us into robots.


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