GOD’S WORD FOR MARCH 12
GOD’S WORD FOR MARCH 12 ~ ~ 2 Corinthians 13:4
“For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.”
Oswald Chambers said, “We read that our Lord was “crucified through weakness” yet, it took omnipotent might to make Him weak like that. …..it was transmuted into strength that can be weak.”
I never thought about that—did you?—How much power it took to make God weak? We’re told that Jesus temporarily gave up His mantle of Glory to become a man to save mankind from our sins.
The picture that we think of is something like, (symbolically) shedding a cloak or coat and setting it aside for a while. But it took great power to accomplish that. How can a Creator become a creature and contain all that eternal power and glory in one small, weak, man?
But, when we study the names of God, each of which depicts His characteristics, His attributes, and His attitude toward Israel, His Church, and His creation, it is impossible for us to comprehend this.
There are 28 names for Him in the Bible, each showing a particular relationship with His people.
They show His great mercy, love, grace, peace, gentleness and perfect goodness which could be shown through His manhood.
But, think about this ~ ~ His justice, perfect holiness, wrath for sin, had to be subdued. As God, He could not even be near sin, but as a man, He had to live among it, and~ ~ ~ this is hard to comprehend ~ ~
CARRY IT IN HIS BODY!!! It was as if He lived all that sin, but, of course, He didn’t. He voluntarily took it on Himself. What did it take for God Almighty, the Creator of the Universe and of all things, to come down to taking onto Himself the most degrading and heinous sins that mankind and the devil could cook up through the ages?
What did it take for The Father to say goodbye to His Dear Son, being a part of Himself since eternity past, watching Him work, hunger, sorrow, and grieve, and could only guide Him through prayer, as He can with us? No more intimacy with this part of Himself who has now become as a creature He Himself created?
What’s more, He had to watch Him suffer and die. More than that—He poured out HIS wrath on Him—–for you and for me. God’s wrath for sin is eternal, it is indescribable—Jesus alone took our eternity in hell on the cross compacted into a few hours!!!! The father had to turn His back on Him and pour out HIS MIGHTY WRATH!!! Because of the holiness of God, He couldn’t even look upon His Dear sin-entrenched Son!!!!
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?”
What did it take for the Son to be divided from the Father, from Himself, and only contact Him through prayer as we can do?
Was this the most painful part for Him, or was it to see the devil holding the world He created hostage?
Was it watching people diseased, hungry, painful, while others had more than they needed but horded it for themselves?
Was it watching the nations and their armies oppress people until they obey just to survive?
Was it watching His people suppressing their own for fame and profit, knowing that, after all He did for them in the wilderness, in their bondages, they turned to idols time after time, for the same reasons? And He always forgave them, He always will, because they will always be His. That’s why He shed His tears for them over the temple that He saw into the future as ruins. Much more, He knew, they would have to go through, before the joy will be everlasting.
But He had to suppress all those thoughts, all that knowledge of eternity past, some wisdom of eternity future, and come down—-way down—to the level of one poor, weak, non-attractive man in a desolate and devil-infested land. What a plunge!!!!! WHAT A SAVIOR!!!
Yes, it did take all the power of the Almighty to not release the wrath within Him for sin, for the deceptions of satan, and the innate sin within each of us. That sin that put even creation, —the universe, the earth, and land, plants, animals, minerals—–all of it is dying because of this sin.
But His glory and wrath must be subdued for a time. OH, how He must have groaned and wept inside, waiting for the right time.
But He did wait, and He did get revenge for sin. He did accomplish it, and “obtain the eternal weight of glory” which we will obtain because of His sacrifice, and because of that, we can follow. After our earthly trials, we will be with Him in that eternal glory, if we have made Him our Lord and Savior.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Now we wait for His kingdom on earth!!! We wait for Jesus to come IN HIS GLORY to finally release His heavenly wrath on the evil that has been plaguing mankind for ages.
But don’t forget—in such a time as this—when evil is growing exponentially. GOD IS IN CONTROL.
As Martin Luther said, “the devil is God’s devil” Just like in Job’s life, He must get permission from God to do whatever he does. He is conquered. He is on a leash.
We see evil increasing before our eyes. We see the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ as a stage play on the world scene.
The Church will be shaken, make no mistake about it. We will feel the pain of the “beginning of sorrows” that Jesus talked about, and the “Perilous times” that Paul talked about to Timothy:
Matthew 24:6-8 ~ ~ “ For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
2Timothy 3:1-5 ~ ~ “ But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away”
Knowing what Jesus did, the prophesies that came true at that time, how could anyone deny the Truth?
Seeing that the prophesies made to John on the Island of Patmos coming true almost daily in our world, should convince everyone that the Word is true. If it’s true, then hell waits for anyone who hasn’t acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Savior.
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