1 John 4:4 – Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Imagine having a direct family lineage from the highest levels of royalty, possessing infinite wealth, and the power to back up anything you say. Imagine having all that stripped from you, and even having your father turn his back on you, counting you as something cursed. I cannot imagine the horror of such a position. I certainly did not come from such a background as I have described, and though when I was born, most folks considered us poor, I cannot imagine the horror of losing everything I hold precious, and then having my father turn his back on me. My mind simply cannot comprehend such depth of loss and pain. And that’s just considering the emotional side of that matter.
Yet that is precisely what Jesus faced in His passion as He suffered for the redemption of man. Only, He faced such loss in His entire being, spirit, soul, and body. I urge you to read Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, and Galatians 3:13-29. Look at the big picture of redemption. Jesus bore our sins in His body on the cross. That work made it possible for you and me to be made the righteousness of God in Him. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him. That made it possible for anyone who would believe on Him to have the mind of Christ. The beating He received that literally ripped flesh from His body leaving the stripes He bore was for our healing. That set in motion the free gift of divine healing that has been given to every believer, and that being received, becomes divine health in the physical body that Father stands ever ready to restore any time the enemy attempts to steal it. His separation FROM Father made it possible for you and me to be united WITH Father for eternity. Oh, the measureless love He demonstrated for us.
In all He suffered, He never heard a bell. Before His arrest, He wept in the Garden of Gethsemane, under such pressure that His blood forced its way through His flesh, running down His face like sweat in heavy labor. He cried to Father, “If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless, not My will, but Thy will be done.” Always and ever submitted fully to Father’s plan. He did not enter the arena of battle for us hoping to hear a bell to end the round, but fully expecting and planning to exalted to the right hand of Father in complete victory in redemption for us. This is why it is so keenly important for you to know who you are in Jesus, and what you possess in Jesus. When you do, you won’t be listening for bell, but for a voice that declares, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
Manna for Today – 1 John 4:1-6; 1 John 5:4; Philippians 4:13; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23-24