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As if I'm hearing it for the first time...

"Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours." And Jesus answered and said to Him, "Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."
 - Luke 4:5-8.

I was watching tonights episode of "The Bible" on the History channel. This particular scene gave me a visual and it was as if I was reading or hearing this for the first time....

Notice how it said "showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time..." Satan is trying to lure Jesus, by showing Him the life He could have, Satan would make Him King. Jesus wouldn't have to endure any pain or suffering, people would bow down to Him and He would have slaves that would get things done for Him. But Jesus knew all along the true plans of God, what His life would actually look like; in that moment He didn't even hesitate, didn't even ponder, didn't take any time to stop and think, he commanded Satan to get behind Him.

What an image. I absolutely can't get over the fact that Jesus knew that He had a choice, and He didn't treat the easy road as an option.

Just let this sink in, Jesus chose us. Satan offered Him all the kingdoms, but He chose to make a way for us. It blew my mind tonight.

My grandma Carol said something along these lines "God didn't make us like puppets, He made it so we can make choices, He gave us brains, and we ought to use them..." How true is this? How freeing is this? Jesus- fully God, fully human- had a choice and He chose us. We-merely humans- have a choice, what is our choice? 

It doesn't matter how much I read the bible, or how many times I've read the same passage over and over and over again, it still never cease to amaze me, or grab my attention in a new way each and every time.....as if I'm hearing for the first time.

Be blessed this week.
<3 Nat

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  1. Beautiful! Keep listening with fresh ears. Love you.

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