Good morning Friend. I trust you had a great weekend. Today by God’s Grace, we will look a little deeper into the epic scenes of the Cross and glean a few more lessons from it. The Cross of Christ represents the height of the Power and the Wisdom of God (See 1 Cor 1:18-19), so we couldn’t possibly exhaust the lessons embedded in this timeless concept of the Cross. This particular lesson borders on Endurance. Many folks, especially the younger ones do not like the thought of pursuing a goal without giving up. They want things instantly and suddenly, but God things don’t work that way. Endurance is one virtue we all have to imbibe into the core of our being because a lack of it is an automatic foothold for the enemy.
We see in the build up of events before the Cross, how that 4000 years before Jesus was born, The Father made a prophetic statement about the seed of the woman bruising the head of the enemy (Gen 3:15). Of course, that seed was Jesus and he was destined to bruise the head of the devil by the instrumentality of the “foolish” Cross. There was another 400 years of silence between Malachi and the birth of John the Baptist, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then we had Jesus, who was born 6 months after the birth of John. Then he had 30 years of carpentry, obedience to parents, learning from doctors of the law and reasoning in synagogues, no ministry whatsoever. He had three and a half years of active ministry; teaching, preaching and healing folks all over the place… but just 3 days into resurrection… by far the most glorious event the planet had ever witnessed, 3 days into receiving the keys of hell and death and obtaining eternal redemption for us forever … 3 days into His finest hour, Jesus began to lose heart. He had conquered in heaven! When it was asked who would go for us and nobody could stand up to the task, Jesus did. Prophecies had been spoken for centuries about His coming, He eventually became those prophecies in human form (See John 1:14), He had done a perfect job at teaching, preaching and healing for over 3 years, but just 3 days into glory, He began to fret and be anxious.
What does this teach us?
1. The best of us gets discouraged: Yes, the very best of us gets discouraged at times. No one is immune to the vicissitudes of life. Sometimes, life just batters faith out of us, our hope just distills into thin air like a puff… sometimes we simply don’t have the strength to keep on keeping on, sometimes our strength isn’t just enough. If Jesus could almost back out of a 4000 year old plan, when he was just few hours from executing it and 3 days from glory, then we should take a cue from that and be sure we are always absolutely dependent on the Holy Spirit for constant edification, comfort and exhortation. Psalms 46:1
2. We usually give up when we are closest to Victory: Most times, we stop praying when we’re just about to hit the “gusher”, like Bro Hagin likes to call it. Sometimes we stop studying when we’re just about to hit a gold mine of revelation. Sometimes we stop giving and expecting a return just when harvest is ever so near. (See Gal 6:9) The devil will throw everything to stop us at this point because he can sense victory for us if we persist. Battles and races are hardly won on expertise and skill, but on stamina. The last man in the ring isn’t the winner because he fought better, it was simply because he stayed longer. When you’re most tempted to give up, please just hang in there 3 more days and who knows, resurrection may smile at you.
3. We all need the Ministry of Angels: At a point when Jesus Himself needed encouragement, angels were in hand to strengthen His hands. You can’t go through life all alone. For you, God may send people into your life to encourage you in your moments of dire need. Don’t be quick to discard people through irritation and offence. No angel could stand beside Jesus on the same turf, they were not mates, but when the heat was turned on… He needed them to stay cool (See Luke 22:41-46). The angels have a mandate from God to minister to us. Let’s take advantage of this ministry. (See Heb 1:14) Now we don’t just have access to angels, but we also have access to the Holy Spirit who indwells us forever. He is the Paraklethos; Our Guide, Strengthener, Standby, Comforter, Helper, Intercessor and Advocate. How could we be without help with Him on our inside?
I hope we have learned something fresh and new from the story of the Cross today. Let’s keep these lessons in mind as we advance into newer realms of glory. God bless you.