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Friday, February 9th, '18

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GO AHEAD AND JUMP!

"If you are the Son of God...jump!" (Matthew 4:6 paraphrased)

 

When Jesus stood at the highest point of the Temple looking 150-feet down at the ground, the Tempter whispered, "Go ahead and jump...might as well jump". Why coerce Him to jump? Because the devil was incapable of pushing Him off the pinnacle. Oh, he would have loved to see his Archrival go splat on the pavement below but Jesus was too wise to bite on that lure. Don't use the lame excuse, "The devil made me do it", because he can't make you do anything that you don't consent to. He can prompt but he is unable to push. The instigator may scream, Jump!" but he is unable to move the believer that is determined to stay put, one single inch.

 

We are not ignorant of the Devil's devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). He tries to instill doubt, "If thou be the Son of God..." Get rid of that "if". The Word says, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God" (1 John 3:2). Know your position in Christ. Next, he suggests the easy way out. Because the devil couldn't throw Jesus down he sought to plant self-destructive thoughts - "throw thyself down..." Perhaps Jesus was struggling inside with issues of whether obeying God's Plan would be worth it or not. It is not surprising that the enemy would suggest the jump option. He has certainly has talked enough others into "getting it over with". Doctor assisted suicide is latest jump option.

 

Another thing, the Tempter isn't beyond twisting scripture to serve his own purposes. He talked so spiritual, "Jump Jesus, for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over you..." "Do something spectacular. Take a leap and angels will swoop down and bear you up in their hands. Do that and Oprah, Larry King and all the big shots will want you on their shows. Jump Jesus, you'll be a hit!" Yea, it would be a "hit" all right. He would hit the ground headfirst at a very high rate of speed. Jesus wasn't fooled. He answered the Devil's "it is written" with one of His own - "It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God" (vs 7).

 

Are you jumpy? Some people are so out of control that when the Adversary says to jump they ask, "How high?" Paul answered, "None of these things move me..." (Acts 20:24) He didn't dance when the world's bullets started to fly. Jesus wasn't swayed by public opinion either. He felt no need to prove Himself. That was what the temptation was really all about, "Jump Jesus, so people will believe you are who you say you are". Christians have a right to jump. When persecuted, Jesus said we are to, "jump for joy" (Luke 6:23), but any jumping we do is to be done by an inner leading, not an external sense of compulsion. Here is how I discern those suggestions: the Lord draws, the Devil drives. What went on that afternoon on the pinnacle of the temple was not a gentle wooing of the Spirit, but rather the cracking whip of the thief who comes not but for to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Become sensitive to the drawing and resistant to the driving and you will know when it's the right time to jump. There is a right time to take the leap of faith. The only problem is that if a person jumps at the wrong time there may not be a safety net underneath.


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