37 If I am not doing my Father’s works, don’t be trusting in me.
38 But if I am doing them and you aren’t trusting in me, be trusting in the works. Do this so that you will know and understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father.”
39 They were trying again to take him, but he slipped out of their hand.
40 And he left again beyond the Jordan to the place where John had first been baptizing, and he stayed there.
41 And many came to him and said, “John never performed a sign-miracle, but every detail John said about this man was true.”
42 And many trusted in him there.
After the many conflicts and clashes Jesus had with his antagonists in Jerusalem, he finally leaves the big city and retreats to the place where John’s kingdom revival had started – beyond the Jordan river. He’s still doing all the same things he did in Jerusalem, but the response is different.
As I reflect on my own journey, I see the same thing happening. There are some places where I can do all the same things, and yet meet rejection and worse. But there are some places where my ministry has been accepted and appreciated.
Thank you, LORD, for those oasis places.