ESOCS Devotional 28 October 2023 – Man That Was With Jesus
MEMORY VERSE: “A servant girl saw him seated there in the fire light. She looked closely at him and said “this man was with him.” Luke 22:56 NIV
TEXT: LUKE 22:47-62 (KJV)
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.
55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.
56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.
57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.
58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.
59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.
60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
The man that was with Jesus is a man that can never hide or deny him. This is one who is born again and has yielded his neck to carry Jesus’ yoke by learning from him and being loyal to Jesus as his only master. Our Bible text pointed us to the life of a brother who feels he can hide his identity as a disciple of Jesus. The more he wants to hide, the more glory people see Christ in him.
When you follow Christ as his disciple, it involves, a direct encounter and interaction with him (1 Peter 2:21), a unique and peculiar lesson or dealing (John 21:15-25), as systematic and cumulative experience (Isaiah 28:9-10), that finally show in your life and character (Act 4:3).
The man that has been with Jesus is a man that can be easily identified by the way his character, deeds and manner of life and speech shows Jesus. When people look at you closely, what do they see? What will they say? To every man that is with Jesus, the way they act, sit, carry themselves, talk and react to issues always show Jesus.
So, you cannot impose it on people to see you as one who has been or, is with Jesus. Who you are with goes a long way to determine who people will see you as. Who you have spent majority of your time with, learning how he or she lives their life determines how you will live your life and also how people will see you living your life.
A man that was with Jesus is a man that Jesus’ life has rub on and changed, to conform to the desired shape that Jesus also wants from him.
- Who you are with and learns from today, determines who people will see you as tomorrow.
- Father Lord, help me to constantly be with Jesus in my today’s life, so that in my tomorrow, people will see Jesus in Me.
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ESOCS Devotional 28 October 2023