Tag Archives: Jesu

There Are No Civilians

Something to think about.
 
There Are No Civilians.
 
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
 
We’ve heard this verse quoted, preached, and expounded upon. Yet have we heard what it says? We miss the first three words.  “For we wrestle” It is written in the present tense. Not just something that has occurred in the past or something that will happen in the future. It is happening now.
 
The spiritual forces that are aligned against us are not excluding the unbeliever. They are using the unbeliever to subvert and attack the will and purposes of God. This battle that we are involved in is all-consuming. It affects every area of our lives. The world is losing this battle, immorality is being exalted as the new way. 
 
We are our own worst enemies. We have kept silent for fear of being offensiveness. We have allowed political correctness to define our boundaries. We have silently consented to the removal of God from our public lives. We have permitted the rulers of darkness to identify and control the battle lines of righteousness. Our enemies the spiritual forces of wickedness are disguised in our presence. They have been renamed and rebranded as something less than wicked. We have submitted to our enemies. By allowing wickedness to restrict our beliefs to the four walls of our churches. We have allowed ourselves to be placed in a room of obscure access. We have cowered under the pressure of societies insistence on our silence. We should be the vanguard of righteousness not a secret society of nostalgia. We are becoming the outdated pariah of society. 
 
As a result of expecting someone else to wrestle for us. We are losing ground to the secular anti-God forces in society. We honestly believe that the laws of this country will defend us against the attacks of the enemy. While the enemy finds ways to use these very laws to promote unrighteousness. 
 
We must put on the armor of God and valiantly press the battle for humanity with the word  God and our testimony. God never said thou shall be silent. 
Advertisements

A LOVE LETTER TO MY SON

A LOVE LETTER TO MY SON

By Migdalia Maldonado

I can only imagine how God felt when he created Jesus. His first son, his primogenitor.

I wonder what God would say to Jesus if he were to write him a letter.

He would probably say something like this:

My dear son my love for you is immense and cannot be measured. You are so very special to me. You have made me so proud.

You have obeyed without asking, you have respected me even when you did not agree.  You have listened and still you wanted to follow your own thoughts.

Thank you for allowing me to be your father. Thank you for the privilege of letting me guide you.  I know that I will have to let you go, I don’t want to lose you, I don’t want to lose us.

You will do great things. You are extraordinary, unique and exceptional. You are more than what I anticipated or ever planned for you.

I see in your eyes greatness, I see your sorrow and I see your worries and love for others. I see how tender your heart is.

I gave you the resources and you became a leader; light, hope, healing and expectations for others.

You are so incredible amazing. So affectionate, amiable and easily moved to tears yet strong, determine and passionate.

I crown you with wisdom and give you all of my strength. Be courageous and firm. Don’t be afraid because I will always be with you.

I know what God would write to Jesus, because I know what I would write my son.

Son this is my love letter to you. I have poured all of my heart and soul in it. I hope that you will always remember me for whom I am. I know that where ever I am you will always be with me. I will not judge you, but pray for you and ask God to give you his favor and to bless you every day of your life.

Gethsemane

Gethsemane is one of the most well known locations in Christendom. It is known as the place where Christ was betrayed by Judas to be executed.

Mark 14: (NIV)

Gethsemane

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[f] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

You can call the preceding passage the crucifixion prequel.

Fast forward a few days and you’re at the foot of the cross where Jesus has been crucified; you see with your own eyes the horror of crucifiction. You see the physical evidence of the torture he was subjected to. You can trace the streams of blood emanating from the cuts,  a result of the violent whipping he endured. You see the nails that were sadistically driven into his hands and feet. You see him in unimaginable pain hanging on the cross.

Then read the verses in Mark 14:32-42  again and you might begin to understand what he was asking God the father to do. When he said “36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

He was asking God to spare him of the cross. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that he made this request to avoid the unspeakable torture he was going to experience. We see this with 20/20 hindsight because we know we would do anything to avoid such a death. However, as I have experienced in my life, God  never seems to work in a singular manner; there are always multiple issues he deals with simultaneously.

I submit to you that the physical torture was not the only reason and may not have been the primary motivating factor for this request.

If you look at the following verses you will find Jesus predicting his death.

Matthew 17:22 Matthew 20:17 Mark 8:31 Mark 9:30 Mark 10:32 Luke 9:21

He is telling his disciples that he is going to suffer greatly and die and be raised on the third day. He knows long before the crucifixion that he is going to have to die for humanity. He foretells it several times.  If he is aware that he is going to die and if he was opposed to the idea, he would have had time to do something about it.

    Christ had done a multitude of miracles prior to arriving at Golgotha. He had healed people, he had regenerated limbs, he had brought people back from the dead. He had restored vision to the blind, he had restored hearing to the deaf. He had walked on water, he had fed thousands. He had set demon possessed people free. He made prophetic statements. He had accomplished the most amazing things any man has ever done. Having done all that he had, he could have asked God the father to spare him from what was to come. Lets look at one of these verses.

  1. Matthew 16:21 New King James Version
    • [ Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection ] From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
    • Matthew 16:20-22 (in Context) Matthew 16 (Whole Chapter)

He knew he was going to die. I believe he knew the manner of death he was going to experience. By that I mean I believe he knew he was going to be crucified. He knew the horrible death he was going to experience. He knew it all.

It was not that the reality of his death became clear to him there in Gethsemane and he had a change of heart, resulting in him asking, “Take this cup from me.”  He knew something the rest of us won’t know in the flesh until the resurrection.
He knew he was going to be resurrected because he came from the one that was going to resurrect him. He had firsthand knowledge of God, having been with him from the beginning of time. He was assured of his resurrection. He knew that even though this was going to be an excruciatingly painful transition, he would arise on the other side victoriously.
So what was he so earnestly and persistently asking God to do? If not what, why was he asking him?

I think the answer is at the cross.

Matthew 27:46 Amplified Bible (AMP)
46 And about the ninth hour (three o’clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?—that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me [l]helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need]?”

In another translation
Matthew 27:46 (NKJV)
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”[k]

Is this the cup that Christ was referring to? He knew he was going to die; he knew how he was going to die.  In Gethsemane when Peter cut of the servant’s ear, it was Christ that said, “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:53) It was as if he was saying, “If I wanted to do this by force, there is nothing on earth that could stop me.”

I think what he was pleading with God the father about was the spiritual abandonment that he was going to experience; it is what caused him to say in verse 34, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”

We need to understand that the Duality of Jesus was a reality. He was both man and God. ( See John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:6-8.) Jesus the man feared the separation more than the cross because he knew he was going to be resurrected. Jesus the man had never been apart from God the Father. God the Father was in him always. Jesus the man suffered the cross; he also suffered the death of separation that he had never known. Christ the God had always existed and still exist. At that moment at the cross God himself separated himself from himself and became all man. At that moment the sins of the world were placed on his shoulders; the utter blackness of hopeless separation enveloped Jesus the man and he died. What he suffered however, was not singular as in the separation of one man from God; he experienced the totality of humanity’s separation from God. He died for all humanity, on his shoulders were placed the sins of humanity. Can we even begin to get the picture of the weight of the sins of the world on his shoulders to carry alone as a man, not as God? He not only took the sin, but he accepted the separation that was due to us and took it on himself. The darkness was darker, the loneliness, lonelier and the pain more painful. Everything that we were to receive individually was compounded endlessly on the body of Jesus at the crucification. He paid the price for all sin once and for all at the cross. By doing so, he became the Doorway by which we have access to presence of God.

“John 14:6

New King James Version (NKJV)

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

The Father Revealed

7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”

Imagine having lived in and with the majesty of God and dying a horrible lonely death, separated by an untraversable divide. Being a participant in the Glory of God and dying for an unworthy, unappreciative, unloving, uncaring world. Living in the magnificent love of God and dying in a place completed void of his existence.
The death on the cross was not the worst thing that happened to Jesus; the worst thing was “My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me?”

This ending is not our ending, you see, for we have the opportunity to live eternally with the trinity in heaven. Those of us who choose to accept Christ will never say, “My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me?” Those who reject Christ may hear him say, “Why have you abandoned me?” as they suffer the true death, which is the complete absence of God.

  1. Matthew 17:22
    • New King James Version
    • [ Jesus Again Predicts His Death and Resurrection ] Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men,
    • Matthew 17:21-23 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Matthew 20:17
    • New King James Version
    • [ Jesus a Third Time Predicts His Death and Resurrection ] Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them,
    • Matthew 20:16-18 (in Context) Matthew 20 (Whole Chapter)
  1. Mark 8:31
    • New King James Version
    • [ Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection ] And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
    • Mark 8:30-32 (in Context) Mark 8 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Mark 9:30
    • New King James Version
    • [ Jesus Again Predicts His Death and Resurrection ] Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it.
    • Mark 9:29-31 (in Context) Mark 9 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Mark 10:32
    • New King James Version
    • [ Jesus a Third Time Predicts His Death and Resurrection ] Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:
    • Mark 10:31-33 (in Context) Mark 10 (Whole Chapter)
  1. Luke 9:21
    • New King James Version
    • [ Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection ] 21 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”