Fellow watchmen all over the world, I do not recall exactly what I was doing or thinking today when the following Scripture was brought before me, by the precious Holy Spirit:
1 Peter 4:1-2 (AMPC) 4 So, since Christ suffered in the flesh for us (for you), arm yourselves with the same thought and purpose (patiently to suffer rather than fail to please God). For whoever has suffered in the flesh, having the mind of Christ, is done with intentional sin (has stopped pleasing himself and the world, and pleases God), 2 So that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living by his human appetites and desires, but he lives for what God wills.
I read and hear in video; therefore, as I pondered this Scripture, scenes of Jesus The Christ flashed before me. I saw Him so disturbed by commercialism and capitalism in the temple, that he turned over tables and whipped people out of its yards (Matthew 21:12-16). I saw Him weeping over His Beloved city of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44). I was Him hungry, standing before a lying fig tree (Matthew 21:19-22). I saw Him with His beloved disciples at the last supper, where he ate with one whom He knew would sell Him out to those who would seek to have Him crucified (John 13:1-30). I saw Him taking dominion over His flesh in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane while His disciples slept (Matthew 26:36-46).
I watched Him taken violently to stand before the religious leaders, then Pilate. I watched Him, knowing He heard the taunts of people He would die for, as they cried out to save the life of a murderous thief, rather than His own. I heard each blow, as they whipped Him with the cat-of-nine tails; I watched the flesh being torn from His body. (Mark 14:53 – Mark 15:15).
I watched as the detachment of soldiers abused Him. I heard them mocking Him as they stripped His body naked, as they prepared Him for the makeshift royal robe. I watched as they beat and spit on Him. I watched as they pressed the twisted thorny crown upon His head. I listened to the mocking and cursing as they drove Him down the path of Via Dolorosa (the way of suffering). I watched Him, beaten and blooded, too weak to carry the full weight of His cross to Golgotha. I watched Simon of Cyrene share in the burden of His cross (Mark 15:16-21).
I listened to the thuds, as they drove the nails in His hands and feet; as they dropped the cross into it hole. I watched the soldiers divide His clothing. I saw the signed posted above His head in mockery. I listened to the cruel words of bystanders and the religious leaders of His day; I watched Him suffer the contradiction of humanity, as He hang high, beaten, bruised and bloodied for us. I watched, realizing satan used many methods to cause Him to be offended with humanity, or deny Himself (Mark 15:23-32).
I remembered that He refused the drink that would have anesthetized Him; He wanted to feel all the pain and suffering. I listened as He spoke with the two thieves, as they waited for death to take them; even in suffering, He took the time to minister our God’s saving grace to another! I watched Him as He secured the care of His mother! I listened realizing that at the time the pain could very well have been at its worst; He said, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do!” (Matthew 27:34-36; John 19-25; Luke 23:33-43).
I listened as the heart of a human child who felt abandoned crying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” I heard Him say He was thirsty, indicating He was self-aware enough to know He desired liquid, rather than a painkiller. I watched as they offered Him sour wine or wine vinegar to quench His thirst. I heard Him say, “It is finished! I heard the heart of our Lord and King, the Only Begotten Son of our God declare, “Father, into your hands I commit My spirit!” I watched Him hang His head and die! (Mark 15:34-36; John 19:28-30; Luke 23:46).
Through it all, I did not hear our Champion speak a single word against humanity. I felt how much He and our Heavenly Father loves humanity (John 3:16). Through it all, I did not see our Champion struggle against what He knew was His assignment and necessary; He knew and knows He IS the Resurrection (John 2:19; 11:17-44). He knew His story contains the revelation of the Person, character, nature, authority, power, sovereignty… of the Most-High God (Hebrew 1:3; Colossian 2:9). He knew and knows it is impossible for our God’s Word to return to Him void and empty of full execution and fulfillment (Isaiah 55:11).
Everything our God promises humanity, He fulfilled in the Person of Jesus The Christ. He asks that we believe He is and that He is The Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). IT IS FINISHED! Jesus asks,
Mark 11:22-24 (KJV) 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
HE IS WORTHY!
Beloved, let us we look unto the One who authored and walked out the faith life of a son of God for our learning (Hebrew 12:2). Let us consider the same God, His same Word (promises), and Holy Spirit Truth, wisdom, power, authority… is available to us today. May we recognize and continue to press on, realizing that we can do all things through Jesus The Christ, (our Faith Reference) whose True life and story gives us strength and encouragement (Philippians 4:13).
THE WATCHMEN’S CRY
Lord, help us to deal with us, so that we please and live for You above all. Thank You for giving us the information and tools to be successful. We trust You. We value our relationship with You above all things. Work Your will in our lives, according to Your good pleasure. We thank You, in Jesus name.
Amen and amen!
It is so!