Gerry Gutierrez' Update
"Prophecy above Good Works."
Matthew 4:12-17. June 12-2017 Georgia
In our own tendency of being more like a vulture than a hummingbird when we fly over beautiful flowers, we ignore the flowers but we noticed a dead rabbit among the flowers and go after it with mouth watering appetite. In the same way we tend to react to the actions of Jesus who after learning that John has been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. “Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum”. Some how we tend to think that Jesus came into this world to win social warfare. NOT!
The vulture within us asks:
What about John Lord?
What about visiting the prisoners?
What about justice to the oppressed?
What about freedom and liberty?
What about human rights?
What about wrongful imprisonments?
What about law and order?
What about “prophet’s lives matter”?
What about fair trial?
What about our day on Court?
*In red letters Jesus seem to say:
"What about it Son?"
"What makes you thing that John is without a visitor?”
“What makes you think that John will be denied of justice?”
“What makes you think of John as a man without freedom?”
“Have you ever seen a man with more freedom than John?”
“Have you seen John resisting arrest?
“What makes you think that John will not have his day in court alone with Herod?
"Could it be that you are near sighted?”
“Can you not see the big picture of the will of God in prophecy?
“Does life make sense apart from prophecy and predestination?
* You task in life is to be in alignment with God and his will.
For a vulture with Eagles eyes, and great vision, you sure are a disappointment!
Why don't you learn from the hummingbird that flies in the Rocky Mountains and ignores all the ugliness of the landscape? Why do you fail to notice among the rock and the thorny cactuses the little flower of Prophecy and go at it to feed on it delicious nectar?
It is natural to think in the contrast of John and Jesus’ fate "at that time". While John goes to jail, Jesus is moving to a new neighborhood with a lake view with plenty of fish and clean air, where the rich and famous live, like Zebulon Gates and Naphtali Rockefeller.
Let me tell you son in capital letters. "I AM IN THIS WORLD TO DO THE WILL OF GOD REVEALED IN PROPHECY. ITS NOT ALL ABOUT YOU AND YOUR WILL AND TIMING" TI IS ALL ABOUT PROPHECY AND IT MUST BE FULFILL REGARDLESS OF HOW IT MUST APPEARED AT THE PRESENT TIME"
Thus Jesus went to live in Capernaum, to fulfill what was said though the prophet Isaiah. In Galilee of the Gentiles- among people living in darkness a light has dawned.
From that time on, Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near".
Yes Lord, but John is still in Jail and you are not going to do anything about it?
OK. Here you have it! When the light of the Sun dawns on the morning over the mountains to deep valleys of shadows, isn’t proper to turn off the man made light whether a lamp, a candle, or electric light? Indeed you all will agree on the wisdom of turning off any other artificial light as unnecessary.
In the same way John was only a forerunner in front of Jesus and John himself said by word and deed that: “He was not the light, but even if he had light, his light was like the light of the Moon which is the reflection of the Sun only. In John's case, his light was only a reflection of the light of Jesus the Son of God. John admitted the imperative need for him to decrease and of Jesus to increase to noonday splendor.
I dare to say that for John to be in Jail was a necessary evil. Not only John had completed his mission in life, but also because he would become a competing force or to say the least a distracting presence.
What about John? As frontrunner he was fellowshipping with Jesus’ "Suffering", who later would suffer even more at the hands of sinful men.
John was just fine, protected from himself in jail, less he and his strong wiliness may lead him to temptation. Remember that we have evidences of John the beautiful "hot head man of God" refused to baptize Jesus, until Jesus gave him a direct order by just remanding him that "prophecy must be fulfilled" regardless of how it look like "at the present time". Prophecy is still above good works.
We are just hummingbird of Jesus, feeding in the nectar of the Sovereignty of God.