Bloodstained royalty. A God with tears. A creator with a heart. God became earth’s mockery to save his children.
How absurd to think that such nobility would go to such poverty to share such a treasure with such thankless souls.
But Jesus did.
In fact the only thing more absurb than the gift is our stubborn unwillingness to receive it.
—God came Near, Max Lucado
Jesus had a choice. He lived a quiet life as a carpenter. Yet he left the comforts to obey God’s plan and fulfill his ministry. Jesus was familiar with working with wood and nails. Did he think of his death each time he hammered one? Did he cringe at the thought of nails being driven into his hands and feet? There was another thought that did make him cringe. The thought of you and the thought of me in eternal agony. The cries of the lost. The anguish of the separated. And when Jesus weighed His options he CHOSE to take the nails so that you and I could be saved. He chose death for himself so that we could have life. He chose the pain so that we could be spared from eternal torment. That’s God’s love right there. That’s God’s amazing grace. And I hope we would remember that especially through this Holy Week. :)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has BLESSED US IN CHRIST with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
- Ephesians 1:3
Why is it that there are a lot of Christians who live defeated lives? Why are there Christians who live a different life on Sunday from the rest of the week? Why is it that there are Christians running aimlessly at the things of this earth and forgetting to turn to God for their daily bread?
The answer is because more often than not, we do not even know our identity in Christ.
This verse is not a prosperity verse that tells you you will get anything you ask for or anything you want. This is a verse talks about our position as children of God BECAUSE and ONLY BECAUSE of Jesus Christ. In Christ we have access to the Father. In Christ we are blessed. In Christ we are adopted into God’s family. You see, it all revolves around Jesus.
having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of his great might.
- Ephesians 1:18-19
Paul had a prayer for the Ephesians that their eyes be opened to the these 3 truths: (1) to remember the hope to which they were called (2) the riches of God’s inheritance and (3) the immeasurable greatness of God’s power.
Because of Jesus we need not live in despair and depression. In Christ there is hope. In Christ we find encouragement in this fallen world. When we remember how God has called us out of the mud and mire of our sins we can find encouragement knowing that His grace so deeply abounds for everyone.
Because of Jesus we have access to the Father’s inheritance. and GOD knows what we need. God provides what we need. Sometimes He gives what we want but it is always first and foremost in line with His will. God wants us to learn to ask from Him and to seek Him, rather than try to get things on our own strength. Just like the eldest son in the parable of the prodigal son, “everything that I have is yours”.
Because of Jesus in us we have His power to break free from bondage, power to break free from sin, power to break free from the strongholds in our lives. Because of Jesus WE CAN OVERCOME.
You were meant to live with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is with us to help us live our lives in the most effective way we can. So let us stop living in the defeat of the past for the old is gone and the new has come. Let God’s power be used mightily in an empty willing vessel. Live past your failures and into the new creation that God has created you to be.
When you read the Bible you will see that the Old Testament talks primarily about God the Father. In the New Testament it talks more about Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ ascended the Holy Spirit came down to be with us. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God that is with us in this present time. He indwells every believer and empowers us to do the will of the Father. It is thus necessary for us to know him if we want to follow Him. When we have a relationship with Him it is easier to recognize His fingerprints in the daily affair of our lives.