Godâ€™s Got Your Back
â€œAnd when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. Â And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. And he asked the scribes, â€œWhat question ye with them?â€
– Mark 9:14-16
A crowd comes looking for Jesus. Â In that crowd, there are members of the religious leadership. Â You know the story; these religious leaders are always looking for a way to trip Him up. Â But this time, Jesus isnâ€™t there, so they decide to go after His men. So, they begin to argue and fuss at the disciples.
But thereâ€™s something I want you to see in this passage that I believe will bless you. Â Itâ€™s in verse sixteen. As Jesus, Peter, James and John come down from the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus doesnâ€™t go up to His disciples and say, â€œOkay guys, what are you talking to the religious leadership about?â€ Â No, Jesus goes to the religious leadership and says, â€œWhat are you debating, discussing, and arguing about with them?â€
When I take in everything being said in this passage, verse sixteen tells me a blessed truth – Jesus has my back. Â If I will stand for Him, He will fight for me!
Friends, unlike earthly kingdoms, that are defined by a group of people, politics or slogans, the Kingdom of God is defined by the nature of its King – Jesus. Â The more we pray, meditate and imitate Him, the more Kingdom life will be lived through us. This is important because Markâ€™s gospel says, â€œThe Kingdom of God has come.â€ Â Meditate on the wordsÂ has come, for a moment. This does not mean that we live our daily lives for self and someday when we get to heaven weâ€™ll have a mansion on the hilltop. Â What it does mean is that we donâ€™t have to wait for the Kingdom of God to come – itâ€™s already here. Thatâ€™s what this section of Markâ€™s Gospel is all about, how to live in the Kingdom today!Â
What does that have to do with the passage above? Â Well, hereâ€™s the nugget of truth. When you live for Jesus and walk in the fullness of God, Jesus will fight for you. Â When the enemy comes and tries to pull you down – Heâ€™s got your back!