Summary: Jesus saves beyond expectations of man and beyond man's ability to love one another as we see in the bible story of Abraham and Jacob.
FOR JESUS’ LOVE 10
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (August 13, 2017)
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (St. John 21:15-17, King James Version [Christ’s charge to Peter]}
Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,
My sisters and brothers, leadership traits, thank you LORD, resonate out of the presence of Jesus, spiritually reaching out to us all---from birth to death, we hear folks say he was a great man of power, whose forefather was a man of greatness, blessedness and a nation-builder. Yes, we speak of Jacob and we speak of Abraham, of which without Abraham’s greatness, blessedness and nation-building leadership traits, indeed within himself what could Jacob’s power have accomplished in itself albeit for the glory of God. I do not want to paint a story of blissful intentions without struggle for the struggle was just as much in them as their traits of greatness, blessedness, nation-building and power for we are flesh, understandably so and woefully so, captive in ourselves fighting within ourselves the battles of our lives, the battles of all our lives for the battles of the world where the waters that Jesus spoke of within us that should be, I say it again, should be, at peace but we struggle still to deny the presence of Christ Jesus on this earth, the saving grace of Christ Jesus given to us by God---His only begotten son “…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” ( [John 3:16, KJV [The witness of John]). Do we deny the witness of John?
We stand before our aggressors and we stand before our challenge---to strike first or defend best, we hope and pray for the victory---we believe that the victory is ours and we reflect when the victory indeed was ours in some distant past we were superior in strategy, in support, in the strength of Jesus to fight the good fight but yet we hesitate, we wait,--so that we do not stumble and fall but there is no guarantee how matters will progress without the leadership of God, known for being a God of wrath, a God of war, a living God who man could not possibly win anything against unless he permits it---allows for a much longer-termed lesson that he gives us over to Satan to test. What did Jacob do when he faced Esau since he left---had to run away from his parents’ estate, for he took his brother Esau’s blessing from their father Isaac with the help of his mother Rebekah [Genesis 22:23, KJV]and did as his