Get Mad AND Get Even

The Amazing Spider Man 2 (Andrew Garfield)

Before he got bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker was a nice guy.  After he got bitten by the spider, he was still a nice guy.  He was just much stronger and faster.  His powers did not change his personality.  That was not the case for Max Dillon.  He was a nice guy and tried his best to help everyone.  He was capable but was constantly overlooked and undervalued.  However, when he was repairing an electrical problem at Oscorp and was struck by a surge of electricity, he developed the power to generate vast amounts of electricity and his personality totally changed.  He was overwhelmed by his desire for revenge.

I. The desire for revenge can make you a monster.

Most of us remember the verse that says “love your neighbor as yourself.”  It is the second half of the Great Commandment.  We hear this phrase a lot.  What most of us don’t remember is that it is only the second half of the verse.  The verse begins by telling us not to hold grudges or desire revenge.

Leviticus 19:18 (NKJV) 
18  You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. 

II. The desire for revenge makes you assume the place of God.

None of us is capable of getting even.  It will never be even.  One of the people will always feel they got the worse deal.  The only was for things to be even is to let God handle the situation.  This is a principle of the Old Testament that is said again in the New Testament in two separate places.

Deuteronomy 32:35 (NKJV) 
35  Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.’ 

 

Romans 12:19 (NKJV) 
19  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

 

Hebrews 10:30 (NKJV) 
30  For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”

 

III. The desire for revenge leads you to oppose God.

The religious leaders of Jesus day were threatened by His popularity and they were quite insulted when Jesus denounced them publicly.  They wanted revenge.  This led them to using their political influence to get Jesus arrested and eventually executed.  They remembered Jesus’ teaching and took steps to insure that no one ever followed Jesus again.

Matthew 27:62-64 (NKJV) 
62  On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 
63  saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 
64  Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”

 

Their plan backfired.  First of all, the disciples weren’t thinking about Jesus’ teaching about coming back from the dead.  Secondly, Jesus was raised from the dead, just like He said.  The tomb was empty after all and the Jewish leaders had to pay off the soldiers to spread their propaganda.

Matthew 28:11-15 (NKJV) 
11  Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 
12  When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 
13  saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 
14  And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 
15  So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

 

The saddest part is that these religious leaders knew the truth, that Jesus was resurrected. Otherwise, they could have stopped all the rumors about Jesus right away by simply producing the body. The desire for revenge had twisted them so much that they kept being against God even though they knew for sure that Jesus was raised from the dead.

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