Have you ever noticed how time crawls when you’re sick or undergoing major stress? What seemed like an hour you found out later was only five minutes. Can you imagine how long Jesus’ six hours on the cross must have seemed to him? Every minute was an hour and every hour a day. Worse even than the physical torment was the tension over whether or not Satan would make him crack. His obedience to the Father had to be perfect, compensating for all of our disobedience. Even one little sin and all would be lost. No anger, no bitterness, no vengeance fantasies, no hate.
But he didn’t crack. Our Champion stayed strong until the end. With intense relief Jesus knew that his death was now maybe just seconds away. With intense relief he uttered a confident statement of fact that sent the devil howling. “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished’” (John 19:30).
- Our condemnation is finished.
- His suffering is finished.
- Death is finished.
- The grave is finished.
- Satan is finished.
- Hell is finished.
When Satan tempts you to despair, rebuke him with the reminder that he lost. He is a spent force. He is not the king of hell; he in fact will be its most notorious prisoner. Forever. Jesus’ victory is your victory. It is now locked in the past, and for all his tricks Satan cannot undo it.
It is Finished! You are safe!
(A Relevant Repost – The case can’t be made enough times!)
Once Upon a Time, I heard someone say “Jesus is NOT God – KNOW This People”. Friends, this is the type of misleading message that we as Christians are called to answer to. I just wonder how many people heard that and agreed (yes, disturbing and I’ll tell you why in a minute). There are some questions I would have liked to ask that person about why they made that comment – but it’s clear to me that the Bible itself was not factor in the reasoning of that statement unless that person is intent on making the truth of the Word into a lie!
But let’s look at this Question: “Is Jesus God? Did Jesus ever claim to be God?”
The Bible never records Jesus saying the precise words, “I am God.” That does not mean, however, that He did not proclaim that He is God. Take for example Jesus’ words in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” We need only to look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement to know He was claiming to be God. They tried to stone Him for this very reason: “You, a mere man, claim to be God” (John 10:33). The Jews understood exactly what Jesus was claiming—deity. When Jesus declared, “I and the Father are one,” He was saying that He and the Father are of one nature and essence.
John 8:58 is another example. Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth … before Abraham was born, I am!” Jews who heard this statement responded by taking up stones to kill Him for blasphemy, as the Mosaic Law commanded (Leviticus 24:14-16). John reiterates the concept of Jesus’ deity: “The Word [Jesus] was God” and “the Word became flesh” (John 1:1, 14). These verses clearly indicate that Jesus is God in the flesh.
Acts 20:28 tells us, “Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” Who bought the church with His own blood? Jesus Christ. And this same verse declares that God purchased His church with His own blood. Therefore, Jesus is God!
Thomas the disciple declared concerning Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Jesus does not correct him.
In Hebrews 1:8, the Father declares of Jesus, “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” The Father refers to Jesus as “O God,” indicating that Jesus is indeed God.
In Revelation, an angel instructed the apostle John to only worship God (Revelation 19:10). Several times in Scripture Jesus receives worship (Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9, 17; Luke 24:52; John 9:38). He never rebukes people for worshiping Him. If Jesus were not God, He would have told people to not worship Him, just as the angel in Revelation did. There are many other passages of Scripture that argue for Jesus’ deity.
The most important reason that Jesus has to be God is that, if He is not God, His death would not have been sufficient to pay the penalty for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). A finite created being, which Jesus would be if He were not God, could not pay the infinite penalty required for sin against an infinite God. Only God could pay such an infinite penalty. Only God could take on the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21), die, and be resurrected, proving His victory over sin and death.
People – Study to shew thyself approved! There are many who would have you believe differently, turning the truth of God into a lie, justifying their own ways and unbelief with human rationalization and speaking to those with itching ears that would rather hear man’s doctrine than that of God’s truth! Nevertheless, at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ IS Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen!
Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased (Ps 115:2-3); ..Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly (Job 1:21-22)~ We don’t always understand, but we have to accept what God “allows”; no matter how tough it is to experience! He is sovereign .. Absolutely righteous… He is God all by Himself…owing explanation or reason to no one. We must humble ourselves under the hand of God. Even if under all of our losses, we are reduced to our lowest and most ‘naked’ state. The same who gave hath taken away. This is the hardest of times for us to try and understand but even in this day, we must look above the circumstances, and keep our eye upon Him. Afflictions must not divert us from, nor turn us against, but quicken us to God. If in all our troubles we look to the Lord, He will support us because He is righteous, because He is good, because He is God! Hope in this truth is the strength of our resolve: I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Ps 27:13). All we have is from His gift and by His grace we are reserved to salvation! Discontent and impatience charge God with folly and incite man’s wisdom as the perceived greater good. Against these things we must carefully watch! God is not mocked and He’s CERTAINLY no fool! Even in our worst of circumstances, God alone is worthy of all glory, honor and praise! For those families and friends that are affected by the tragedies of these days… I pray that you may all find true rest and peace in the arms of The Lord! May the unbeliever experience a life-changing revelation. May we all not wait until tragedy strikes to seek the face of The Lord!!!
And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? (Ex 3:11)~ God does not call you to something with the intent to see you fail. His Word does not return to Him void but it accomplishes and prospers in that which He has determined. When God puts you in a place, you are part of His will and you will be able because He is able – doing all things through Him that strengthens you. Your adversaries will not prevail against you but will themselves find peace with the God you serve. When you are called by God to be a part of His will, you are not expected to come prepared; there are no prequalifications for His choosing you; You don’t have to (and most of the time won’t) be approved by “man”.. as God will make sure you are qualified, justified and fortified for victory because in it all, His name will be glorified! And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). If God thought enough of you to call you to something, don’t you worry about being right for it. God qualifies the called! “Why Me?” you ask… because God chose you and He knew you were the right choice… and God has never had to regret a choice! When God calls you, you need only be to willing to answer! Why you? Well, why NOT you???
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us (Rom 8:28-34)~
God has the script to the entire universe at the command of HIS word. Nothing is left to chance, but everything in unison with His plan. Each of us has a place in that plan that will bring glory to His name, one way or the other and regardless of the world “we” live in. It is GOD that brought us THROUGH what we’ve come through. The fact that we didn’t perish in our trials is the testimony that opens the door for others to follow. What you’ve come through is simply your coming through but sets in motion God’s purpose in you to open the door and light the path for others.
Don’t think it’s a small thing that these trials came to you… even moreso being that you endured and overcame them! That is God’s calling on you to shine your light in the dark world! God sees in you that which will live to HIS calling! We are conformed to the image of Christ in this calling, so what you came through will surely leave scars and wounds but that is part of your testimony. Surely as Christ was raised from the dead your salvation from your trials is a saving testimony to many. You might even feel like you’re not worthy of being such a representative of God. You probably look at your past and Satan with his ole lying butt done made you think you’re not good enough for God to love or bless, much less USE. But like they say – the devil is a lie!!! Friend, God is for you…regardless of ‘you’ and your testimony is what He brought you through for! A man that has come through trials and gives a testimony of God’s glory is a man that the lost will follow.
If God required a perfect person to do His will on Earth, Jesus would have lived in His flesh much longer than 33 years and in fact would have to still be here in that form today. But He gives us the power in the Holy Spirit to overcome and show the way. No man has a Heaven or hell to put you in (nor does the lying devil) and no man can justify nor condemn the power of God’s Spirit in you! Christ spoke of this power we would be given – and what the Lord gives, no man can take away. God’s gifts are irrevocable! Your trial, your test, that which you MUST face… is your testimony. You are called to God’s purpose in conformance with the image of Him that created you. You don’t have a choice. ..It is God that chose you. It is GOD that qualifies and justifies you, that HIS name will be glorified… neither you nor anyone else…GOD! You’ve got ENERGY for this and haters will try to drain you of it! Let no man judge nor condemn what God has placed in you and in all you do, do to the glory of God!
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you (John 15:16)
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour (1 John 2:18)~~ Two-thousand years ago, when the apostle John wrote this passage, he sensed that the end of the world was upon us. Yet people who want to refute the Bible say things like, “Well, here we are two-thousand years later, and the world hasn’t ended!” But isn’t it funny how many of those same people believe that the world is hundreds of billions of years old, yet a measly couple thousand years is their proof that John’s statement was wrong?
The apostle Peter, moved by the Holy Spirit, wrote the following:
First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will be scoffers who will laugh at the truth and do every evil thing they desire. This will be their argument: ‘Jesus promised to come back, didn’t He? Then where is He? Why, as far back as anyone can remember, everything has remained exactly the same since the world was first created.’ …But you must not forget, dear friends, that a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise to return, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so He is giving more time for everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief… (2 Pet 3:3-10, NLT)
Jude also forewarns in the 18th verse of his letter that in the last days, people would attack, retaliate against, ridicule and make fun of us who hold to the truth of Scripture. And what will be the primary reason that they will do so? He makes it clear that it will be so that they can have freedom from guilt as they follow after their godless desires.
We who believe the Bible become lights that a sinful world does not want piercing its darkness. After all, the apostle Paul even wrote that Satan is the god of this fallen world (2 Cor. 4:4). So just by being witnesses for Christ and walking in His word, we remind this world of its guilt before God. And though we are by no means perfect ourselves, we are in the only Christ who paid for our sins. Therefore, being light in darkness is something we need never be ashamed of! Yes! There are antichrists (or enemies of Christ) alive and well everywhere today. And rather than making us ashamed or afraid, it should make us emboldened and encouraged that we are constantly seeing the prophetic words of Scripture being fulfilled right before our eyes! So, Christian, don’t fall for Satan’s ploys to make you feel ashamed of your religious beliefs because there are bad examples of religion in the world. The Lord warned that the enemy would sow such tares among the true wheat (Matt. 13:24-30).
It would be far easier to get away with just being who we are and blending in with those of the world rather than standing out and having our difference from them show. We who represent Christ will be attacked very easily and comfortably by atheists and others who do not see Jesus Christ as Lord, because this fallen sinful world is their home, not ours; we’re on their turf. We’re not like them, and we don’t live like them although we live here with them, but because we’re washed in the blood of the Lamb, we are hated by the world. But once again, Scripture proves itself true, because Jesus said it would happen (see John 15:18-20). This world is not the home of the true Christian. If it were, then there would not be so many anti-Christians around. “Be of good cheer,” said Jesus, “For I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). And, therefore, so have we…