Posts Tagged ‘mockery of a trial’

GETHSEMANE AND GOLGOTHA

Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.  Gethsemane was a familiar place to Jesus and his disciples. They resorted there often. On that particular occasion(as recorded by Matthew,Mark and Luke and partially by John), they had finished the last supper together. Judas Iscariot had left the group earlier to conclude his plot to betray Jesus with the Jewish religious leaders. Judas must have known the plan and the group’s movement for the day and the rest of the night hours. The pressure was mounting high. Jesus Christ was undergoing the greatest struggle and conflict of his entire earthly life and ministry. He who did not commit any sin was chosen by his own voluntary will and the plan of God Almighty to lay down his life for the whole human race for all generations starting from Adam to the very last person that would be born into this world. In the master plan of God Almighty, Jesus Christ was to die. The supreme council in heaven concluded it before Jesus agreed to be born as a man through the virgin called Mary. The Archangel Gabriel told Mary that she would call her son Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sin. Jesus in coming to this world to die humbled himself to the lowest level imaginable! Here was the One through whom the whole world was made, submitting himself to his own creatures, to be treated as a criminal and killed in judgment by the highest form of punishment, which then was death by crucifixion. The status as God, being the Son of God, he put aside, as a mark of great humility. By being born as a human being, he humbled himself, him who was and is God, thus subjecting himself to the control and upbringing of earthly parents. By taking up the status of the suffering servant of God, he humbled himself! By agreeing to die for my sin and yours, he humbled himself! By subjecting himself to be made sin, he who was and is sinless, Jesus humbled himself. By subjecting himself to the worst type of death reserved for worst criminals, he humbled himself! It is easy for a person to die for a well-behaved person, but to die in the place of a criminal is relatively very difficult to do. To have yourself bear the sins and curses of the whole world in all generations is a conflict on its own. To have a person who is absolutely blameless accused as the worst of offenders is CONFLICT-MASTER-PIECE! Jesus Christ was on earth as the Son of God. He was on earth as Son of man (the Messiah). He was sinless. None of his accusers could justify their charges or accusations against him, until he confirmed to them in answer to their question that he was the Son of God. On that basis only, he was condemned to die. There were no corroborating evidences by any of the false witnesses at his trial, which was a mockery. The realization of this array of conflicts and illogical absurdities was most repulsive to the carnal mind. To the human flesh there was conflict and a struggle. Jesus Christ was perfectly human and perfectly God. Therefore, as human, his flesh naturally rejected the idea of a perfect man dying as though he were a criminal! As he knelt in Gethsemane on that fateful night, Jesus Christ prayed that the cup pass over him. By that he meant that he be excused from dying as a substitute; that he should not be treated as sin! However, may God be praised that Jesus did not stop there, but added: not my will, but your will be done. At that stage, the weak flesh was overcome, because Jesus submitted to the will of Almighty God! Then angels came to give him support and to strengthen him! The spiritual climate was so tense and difficult that the disciples, including the three inner-core, slept off, instead of watching and praying along with their Master, Jesus! Jesus came to inspect the disciples, but found them asleep on each of the three occasions. The spirit, indeed was willing, but the flesh was weak! It was a battle between God and Satan over the life and ministry of Jesus. It was shortly after Jesus Christ had the significant victory that Judas Iscariot arrived on the scene with the Jewish religious leaders, to have him arrested, tried and crucified. While praying, the agony and pressure was so much that sweat like drops of blood came forth from the body of Jesus. It was not mere coincidence that the scene for that great battle was Gethsemane. Situated on the Mount of Olives was this garden. There were olive trees on the Mount of Olives. There, olive oil was produced by the application of much physical pressure to express the oil contained in the fruit. It was therefore very significant that at Gethsemane,the place of the oil press, Jesus Christ was hard pressed to the extent that sweat and blood came from his body. If Jesus had not prevailed in agonizing prayer, by submitting to God Almighty, he would not have been able to proceed to Golgotha, where he gave himself to die on the cross. Jesus Christ gave himself before the foundation of the world. He gave himself at Christmas. He gave himself experientially at Gethsemane. He gave himself on the cross at Golgotha, Hallelujah!  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him, should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). There is life for a look at Jesus, who was crucified for you and for me! You are also advised to read the message posted on 1st March 2012, titled ‘Grace Upon Grace: All-sufficient Grace’. Call upon Jesus and ask him to save you, if you have not done so before. If you have gone astray from Jesus, now is the time to come back to him before he comes back, when it would be too late. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. God bless you.

MEDITATION: Thinking of You – ‘An Ambassador’

2 Corinthians 5:20-21: Ambassadors For Christ: So, You are an ambassador? An ambassador indeed, simply because of what God Almighty, through Jesus Christ has done. For God has made Jesus to be sin for you and me. He never knew sin, never committed any sin. He was even bold enough to face his accusers and ask them; Which one of them could really convince him that he had committed any sin?No one was able, yet he was falsely arrested, accused, tried, beaten, mocked and crucified. Within the space of less than 24 hours all these treatments were given to him. He suffered injustice and the mockery of an illegal trial, which condemned him to die as though he were the worst offender. He died alongside condemned, hardened criminals. He was sensitive enough to hear the inward heart-cry of one of the thieves dying beside him! Because that theif repented at the last passing moments of his life Jesus forgave him. Though the thief was not pardoned by the laws of the land, he obtained the full pardon of heaven, through Jesus Christ. Jesus had on his mind and spirit the souls of everyone born and ever yet to be born into this world in all lands and throughout  all generations! Jesus thought about you and me in particular. Jesus Who knew no sin, was made sin. That meant He tasted death for every human being. The Bible declares that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord(Romans 6:23). Jesus paid the price that sin demanded with his life blood shed on the cross. The life of a person is contained in his blood. When blood flows through our hearts and blood vessels that is an indication of life still existing. When blood is shed, the life goes with it and the person dies. Jesus therefore gave his life as a ransom paid to rescue every human individual from spiritual and eternal death. The Bible declares: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all(Isaiah 53:5-6). Jesus died for our sins on the cross, he was buried in a donated tomb, not borrowed. He rose up from the grave on the third day, just as the Holy Scriptures foretold. God does not condemn any person for his /her sins. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that through him the world might be saved(John 3:17). The good news is this: That God offers full pardon to all, because of what Christ did on the cross and rose again. God is no more angry at you, because He had visited His full anger through judgment upon Jesus Christ, His Son, who surrendered to become our substitute; our sin-bearer and our ransom. As a result of the pleasing sacrifice made  by Jesus during which he fulfilled the standard of the law of God by his death on the cross, we are declared not guilty by God, basically. The taste of the pudding is in the eating. Every person ought to claim the priviledged benefit of the sacrificial, substitutionary death of Jesus. God gave his approval by raising Jesus from the grave on the third day.  The word of God declares that if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess him as Lord with your mouth, you shall be saved.  For with the heart a person believes, fully trusting in and relying on Christ and so is justified and made acceptable to GOD. With the mouth, the person confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord and he is saved. Through Jesus Christ, peace was made with Almighty God by his blood which he volunteered to be shed on the cross. The whole of the human race has  eversince been reconciled to God. Everybody ought to hear and know this good news personally. The blood of Jesus so shed, has present and everlasting power to wash each trusting person from sin. Each trusting or believing person is given power to live to please God. His or her past has been forgiven, he or she has been given power to become a child of God. A new life has begun. The power of God is given not on merit or because a person has done particularly well. It is by virtue of the mercy of God. It is called grace. By the influence of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul wrote: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them(Ephesisns 2:8-10).  Each believing Christian is a workmanship of God; that is, the handiwork of God. Each one as such is created in Christ Jesus. It is a brand new creation. We were former antagonists of God because we shifted our allegiance from Him to Satan. Through Christ, however, we became transformed. Henceforth, our lives are being enabled to please God. It is written:Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;behold, all things are become new(2 Corinthians 5:17).  Having become beneficiaries of the peace made with God and become reconclied to him, every believing Christian is sent to take and share this good news with any person who would listen. Every Christian is a representative of Christ equiped with the word and message of reconciliation. TELL, URGE, INVITE people everywhere to come to experience the same reconciliation we have experienced. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). An ambassador goes out with delegated authority. He / she goes out with words of commission- THE MARCHING ORDERS. He has been thoroughly briefed-his FEET SHOD WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.He also has Divine cover and protection.GOD is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.Therefore we shall not fear, because GOD is with us. We go taking the whole armour of God with us. This is not carnal or physical armour, but the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said: And Lo, I am with you alway, unto the ends of the world (Matthew 28:20)! The power and might of the Kingdom of Heaven is behind us and gone ahead of us.       Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ stead, be ye reconciled to God(2 Corinthians 5:20). Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!