Friday, February 9th,
rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
AHEAD AND JUMP!
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.