This past week, as I often do, I watched a couple of movies portraying the Life of Christ. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I watch these; I always get something from them. Something that touches my heart and reminds me of whom I belong to.
I’m sure Pamela might get a little tired of the many times I watch the same, perhaps slightly different, movie but… bless her heart, she doesn’t say a word.
Yesterday, I happened to find a clip from “The Passion of The Christ.” It was one where our Lord was in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying to His Father in Heaven that “this cup might be taken from me.”
Jesus knew of His fate; He knew He would be mocked, beaten, tortured and eventually killed. He also knew this was what His purpose was on Earth but, as a man, was frightened of His fate.
Luke 22:42 – “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
He knew it wasn’t His choice to make but His Father in Heaven’s will that had to be done to fulfill the prophecies.
Jesus was Abandoned
I watched this clip and it reminded me of how abandoned and alone He must have felt that evening.
Judas, one of the twelve, had betrayed Him and given Him up for 30 pieces of silver.
Three times He went into the Garden to pray and, three times He returned to his Apostles sleeping.
The last time…
Matthew 26:45 – “Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.’”
…and after He had been taken in by the crowd
Mark 14:50 – “Then everyone deserted him and fled.”
Peter denied Him!
Luke 22:59-60 – “And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, ‘Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about.’ And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.”
After all this had taken place, they led Jesus away, completely alone, to have him falsely proclaimed guilty of blaspheme; beaten and put to death.
Why did He Die?
Reading our Bible; watching these types of portrayals; or just listening to our Pastors speak of the incredible sacrifice He made, one would have to ask oneself, why?
Why did Jesus sacrifice Himself in the manner He did? We’ve heard of all the miracles He performed: healing the sick; giving sight to the blind; hearing to the deaf; and even raising of the dead.
Matthew 26:53 – “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”
Twelve Legions… can you imagine that? In Roman times, a legion was 6,000 men so, in essence, Jesus could have called upon His Father to send him 72,000 Angels! Don’t you think He could have defeated all His enemies in such a way?!
Perhaps even easier than that, He could have simply denied He was not anything at all what they were accusing Him of… but He didn’t, because He knew of the prophecy He was to fulfill.
Isaiah 53:4-5 – “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Jesus did exactly what His Father had intended for Him… He sacrificed His own life, that we would be cleansed; healed; and forgiven our sins.
What You Do?
So, in knowing all these things I ask the question: “Are you abandoning Christ?” …and when I say “abandoning,” I mean ignoring what He has done; the sacrifice He has made; the lessons He has taught us and how we’re supposed to be living?
If Jesus were here today, would you fight for Him or would you do as the Apostles did and turn your back and run? The way we live our lives today, and how we treat others around us, would answer that question.
For all that He has done for you, would you fight for HIM?! Are you representing HIS WAY and HIS LOVE the way He represented the Love of His Father to us?!
How Can we Fight?
Are you as dedicated to Jesus as these wrestlers were? Are you willing to humble yourselves and show everyone around you how willing you are to fight for your Lord?
Now, I know you’re asking yourself: “How can I fight for my Lord? How can I represent my Savior and repay all that He has done for me?” The answer is simple and easy: “Live in such a way that others will know your heart as you know His!”
A Simple List
Please allow me to provide you with a little “cheat-sheet” to help you answer these questions:
- Pray – Talk to God every day… throughout your day; talk to Jesus. Thank Him for his sacrifice and welcome Him into your life; pray to the Holy Spirit, that He might fill you and strengthen you to face each challenge!
- Believe – That you are heard, and that God will deliver!
- Love One Another – Put away the hatred, the envy, the anger and all that is evil and Love one another as He Loves us!
- Love Yourself – Stop the ill-feelings about what you have or haven’t done in life (I’m not good enough). God sent His only Son to die for you that you might have everlasting life! He surely Loves you; Love yourself!
- Be Yourself/The Example – God doesn’t ask you to curl-up into a little ball or hide in a closet… enjoy what life has to offer; enjoy, even more, what God has given to you. Don’t abuse these rights or cause harm to anyone else in the way you live… STAY HUMBLE!
- Stop the Criticism – Don’t judge anyone, you don’t know their story! Only God can judge!
- Love God the Father; God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit – Mark 12:30 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
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It isn’t “hard” to be in a relationship with God; you are considered a child to The Father and a Brother/Sister to Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit… be just that!
If you really take the time to read your Bible; understand the lessons of Christ… you’ll see, it isn’t hard at all.
Let’s get ready to Wrestle for Jesus!Go with God; be good to one another; always stay humble; always be kind… God Bless (Amen)