|Violent Christians of Mat 11:12|
Mat 11:7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ 12 `And, from the days of John the Baptist till now, the reign of the heavens doth suffer violence, and violent men do take it by force,
Are Christians called to be violent? no not aggressively stopping gay marriages, but pressing into the storehouse of the Kingdom of God through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
In the midsts of a culture, and civilization filled with many different faiths, and gods, and demonic principalities trying to influence and be part of humanity, John offered redemption through repentance for our sins in having faith in Jesus the Messiah.
John was not soft as the Eunuchs of the temple, but he was a strong and loud prophet and would not back down until his head got chopped off. He even scolded the Pharisees as brood of vipers when they too came to be baptised! by him so powerful was the prophetic annointing.
When John the Baptise, baptized Jesus, their ministries merged and the prophecy became fullifilled and the doors of the Kingdom of Heaven opened with the power of God and the mighty presence of the Holy Spirit.
No more do we need to sacrifice our children to the gods of fire, or to comply with the heavy burdens of good works whether to be Holy and righteous, or to do actions of love. All of our failures to love and to be righteous would not be accounted unto us and we would not suffer diseases, and pain.
All of our sins, past, present and future forgiven! much better than the best sale! during Christmas, for our entire lives are freed from bondage in Christ Jesus. The best part was that it was free! we need only to accept it, and believe by faith that Christ paid for it on our behalf.
When John proclaimed the coming of the Messiah, the Saviour of our souls, it was too incredible to be believed, and it was simply through the baptism of water for our sins, and to receive the coming Messiah.
They rushed forward to receive it, coming to the desert, and when Jesus came, the prophecy was fulfilled, and large crowds pressed into the desert seeking the Kingdom of God, for the redemption of their soul, spirit and body.
Do you have the passion to go to the desert to sought out Jesus violently? we are to raid the kingdom of God of the blessings of God, of the redemptive power and miracles?
Or do we stay in the cities, content with the cultic faiths of Cybele with the many temple prostitutes and eunuch priests!There are too many paths, to go after carnal pleasure offered by a false god or do we seek the true Kingdom of God.
Are we lame and soft like the Eunuchs of the palace and the cultic faiths who are being sexually penetrated by others or can we instead be agressive and violent! to enter into the kingdom of God.
Jesus was actually asking the question in modern terms in Mat 11:7-12:-
If you want to find the effeminate cultist priests like the Eunuchs, you would not find them in the desert but in the Palace. But you would find John, a prophet, the greatest prophet for he would proclaim the Messiah.
From the time of creation, there was an awaiting for the announcement of the coming of the Messiah proclaimed by John. All the prophets yearned to see this day, and John was the greatest having the opportunity to declare this very moment in history.
For the pressure has been mounting since the the start of the ministry of John proclaiming the Messiah, and people have come to the desert with great expectation with violent force pressing in to enter into the Kingdom of God through the baptism unto repentance via John's ministry.
It was the violent force to see the fulfillment of John's prophecy of the appearance of Jesus Christ.
The violent force of people following John, and now following Jesus having come to raid the kingdom, to receive, to seek with great expectation and determination the kingdom blessings of healing miracles, and spiritual redemption.
The kingdom of the storehouse of the redemptive power, the blessings and the miracles of God, sought and raided as people of faith presses in to receive the fulfillment of John's prophecy in Christ Jesus.
There is a pounding violence when the Kingdom of God first came for men to seek after it violently. There was a rushing in of people into the kingdom of God as they await banging loudly at the door due to John's prophecy.
Jesus was the fulfillment of John's prophecy, His death and resurrection became our way to heaven to be in Christ, with the waters of baptism cleansing us.
The violence has abated over the centuries, and men now look for God looking through the past still debating whether Jesus was real, whether the gifts of the spirit has ended, and the storehouse of the kingdom closed. The resurrection of Jesus is stumbling block to the liberals, and for many other religious faiths, the audacious claims that Jesus is God Himself, and not only a prophet.
The Kingdom of God is at hand, and it is with us, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is still with us when we remember His death and resurrection though the breaking of bread and partaking of wine.
We remember, we re-enact His death and resurrection, and we draw the power and reality of the Cross two thousand years ago to the time and space when we are currently having communion.
Are we violent for the Kingdom of God, then aggressively seek God, His truth and grace in Christ Jesus. For God wants His storehouse to be raided by men whose heart is to seek after God.
You would find God only in the desert away from the attractions of men, and where we see Jesus as lowly, meek and gentle, a reed swaying in the desert.
Jesus is the shepherd taking care of His gentle lambs, and He leads us to the rivers of life where the store house of heaven comes from.
Today, He asked us to feast, to eat of the abundance of God like in a buffet - to be agressive in seeking and proclaiming God in our lives and dire situations. For God wants the storehouse of heaven to come into our lives today.
We are to force our way into the Kingdom of God, to push in to the light of God. Be violent for God doesn't want us to be lame and soft like the cultist eunuch priests of the palaces.