Ooh and aah over the infant Jesus. Ever after, bow before him in worship, adoration and obedience. For at age 12, and ever after, to this day, to all days to come and to the eternity which follows, Jesus Christ RULES!
Sioux war chief Red Cloud wanted peace with the whites in 1866. He discovered that pacific intervention on his part only encouraged white incursion into Sioux Powder River lands.
In an 1866 council, he took a militant stand. There would be peace if the white man left Sioux land. If the whites stayed, there would be war. He believed that the Great Spirit gave the Sioux their land. Having received it, Red Cloud intended to keep it. He said what he meant and meant what he said: he meant to keep his land.
Regardless, he lacked the authority to keep his land. Forces beyond his grasp and control had already been exerted by the hated white men. Indian possession of the West had, like Indian possession of the East, been superseded by white culture. Not that population displacement was new at the time. See Judges 18:27 following for an example.
Jesus never faced the issue; he always possessed in himself ALL AUTHORITY over HEAVEN and EARTH. He proclaimed that in Matthew 28:18, having proved it in ministry, death and resurrection. It didn’t just come to him then. He knowledgeably possessed it at least by age 12.
Which brings us to the point of this blog. Jesus IS and manifests himself AS the Lion of Judah, claws extended, ripping through Jewish traditions in which they took refuge, thinking them safe; and establishing new concepts of the spiritual life that never had before or has since been approximated, let alone surpassed.
His extended claws also shreds the pretensions of confidence we construct to shield us from the fears of our inadequacies. They abolish by a 1000 failures the few score successes we enjoy. They unleash creation’s fury against fallen humans who subjected it to frustration. Teaching us to be ashamed for looking at nature, not God, for our help, our values, our peace of mind. End Part IV