MY HIDING PLACE PART TWO: MY ESCAPE

MY HIDING PLACE PART ONE: MY HOPE

All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.  They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.  But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

-Luke 4:28-30

This is one of those Bible passages that is so mysterious and interesting.  Jesus is preaching in His hometown of Nazareth, and He says some things that really upset the crowd.  So they respond by getting a mob together, and carrying Jesus to the edge of the hill to throw him off of a cliff.  And then Luke tells us that Jesus just walked away right through the crowd.  It really leaves you wanting to know how He did it and what it looked like.  Did they all just get really confused?  Were they struck blind?  Did Jesus just sort of walk through them like vapor?

We don’t know the answer to those questions, but what we do know is why it happened. Jesus didn’t get thrown off of a cliff that day because it was not yet His time.  There was still more work, more healing, more teaching, and more miracles to come for the Son of God, and finally, He would be martyred not on a cliff, but on a cross, to pay our debt.

This kind of thing is clearly a miracle, but our God is a God of Miracles.  We have all had times in our lives where we were in need of escape, and there will be more.  For most of us that won’t be from someone trying to kill us, but it will often be from temptation, from sin, from bad jobs or schools or family situations, and for some of us it MAY be from martyrdom.  

Every miracle that Jesus performed, was done through the power of the Father and through prayer, and access to God is a gift given to everyone redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.  Only God can provide your escape, and if He allows you to miraculously walk through the furious crowd, then be assured that He has more in store for you in this life and his plans for you are not yet finished.

Discussion Questions:

1: Have you ever been in a situation, big or small, where you needed a miraculous escape?  If so, how did God provide that to you?  What is your testimony of his power to save and rescue?

2: If you ever found yourself in a real death and life, martyrdom situation, how do you think you would react?  Do you believe that you could trust God with the decision of what will happen to your life, whether that is that you die for God’s glory or live for God’s glory?  If God provided you a miraculous escape in that situation, how would you react?

Take some time and pray together that God would be your escape, that the Holy Spirit would be standing to snatch you from danger, and pray for brothers and sisters in our world who stand in need of an escape every day.   Pray that Jesus would show them he is the only true rescue from this world.

MY HIDING PLACE PART THREE: MY REFUGE

-Chuck

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