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Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 282

  1. “Anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service unto God” (John 16:2).

Was Jesus predicting his next few days or was He fast-forwarding to the agenda of Saul of Tarsus? Was He thinking of future Roman oppression or was He imagining modern-day Isis? Yes. While war may see tens of thousands killed, the other seemingly justifiable cause for killing has always been in the name of someone’s idea of God. Indeed, for Jesus and Saul’s victims, the God they imagined to be defending was the same God Jesus spoke of. And, many throughout history have been wrongly murdered in His name–in spite of the clear priority of love for all, including enemies, that marks His ethic. Killing in the name of God offers little hope of defense to its victims. The claim of “higher authority” is most easily abused, so there will be no stopping such efforts. Perhaps this is why Peter grabbed a sword as they went out into that night.

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