Originally posted by DrHoracidWhat about Jesus. He could have killed the entire earth but chose to die for "Us" instead. The war
against evil is a pretty big war.
"Now, the real measure of a man is not in the size of his wallet, or his estate; it is not in the size of the circle of his friends or his political
influence; nor is it in the size of his 'harem' or 'arsenal'; nor the size of his intellect or charisma. The real measure of a man is in his
ability to stand up under EXTREME STRESS AND PRESSURE
without breaking, or losing his edge." *
Let me tell you a story of courage under fire.
A buddy of mine in the Army told me of his grandfather who was in the trenches in either World War 1 or 2.
The enemy lobbed a grenade into the fox hole and his grandfather yelled out "grenade" and dropped on it to protect the rest of the soldiers from the
"No greater love has any man than this - that a man should die for his friends."
There is a comraderie that is formed under fire that is indiscribable and, unless you have been there, you can't understand it, but it will cause
some people to make the ultimate sacrifice for their friends.
In this particular instance, believe it or not, the Grenade didn't go off - it was a dud, and he lived to tell about it, as well as to raise a
Y'shua did the same thing, so to speak, knowing full well that the 'grenade' was going to go off and that he would die for his friends. He also
knew about all the abuse he was going to suffer at the hands of his enemies and yet still he "set himself to go to Jerusalem" where he knew he would
die. But for him not to make that final journey, would have been a sign of weakness to his enemies.
In other words, he would have backed down from his enemies, which is something he never did.
Today people think that this was a passive attitude but, in reality, it was just the opposite and to have stayed away would have been the passive -
safe - thing to do and, I seriously doubt that there is a man alive that would have willingly walked into that particular battlefield, on that
particular day, knowing what the outcome was going to be. And, also, knowing that all these friends that he was going to die for, were actually going
to desert him at the time of his arrest.
Yet he went anyways...
I have read the stories of the Alamo and Thermophyle and, as great an example of courage that they are, their courage was fed by the presense of their
fellow soldiers. In Y'shua's case, he stood down the entire nation - alone
If you want a modern day example, it would be for one man to walk into Washington D.C. alone - knowing full well that the government wanted him dead,
and to do so, solely to save the life of the very friends who had deserted him...
Napoleon said, "I am a good judge of men and I tell you that this man Jesus [color=b]WAS NO ORDINARY MAN
This from the man that conquored continental Europe.
"In this respect, there never has been, nor ever will be, a greater man then THE LORD Y'SHUA BAR Y'HOVA, and I still want to be like him. I like
to call it THEOFERRUM." *
[edit on 10/28/04 by jesterbr549]