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Or Do You Think that I Cannot

July 1, 2018

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Or Do You Think that I Cannot

When Judas betrayed the Lord Jesus,  he led the mob  to the garden  where Jesus was praying.     As Jesus was being arrested,  one of the disciples drew his sword  to begin fighting.     Jesus told him  to put away his sword,  and then said  in Matthew 26:53-56,

Or  do you think that I cannot  appeal  to My Father,  and He will at once put  at My disposal  more than twelve legions  of angels?     How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled,  that it must happen  this way?”

At that time  Jesus said  to the multitudes,  “Have you come out  with swords  and clubs  to arrest Me  as though I were a robber?     Every day  I used  to sit  in the temple teaching  and  you did not seize Me.     But  all this has taken place  that the Scriptures  of the prophets  may be fulfilled.”     Then all the disciples left Him  and fled.

Jesus had the power to escape the mob,  to resist the mob,  or to even annihilate  the mob.     But,  none of that  was within the prophesied will  of God.     Jesus knew  the will of God  and was obedient  unto death.     In His obedience  Jesus displayed an immeasurable love  for us,  so that we might have salvation  through the merits  of His suffering  and death.     His sacrifice  was the only sacrifice  that could pay  for all our sins.

To the human eye  and understanding,  everything looked so wrong — the betrayal,  the mock trial,  the beating,  whipping,  and crucifixion.     None of that horrific suffering made sense  to Jesus’ followers — even though Jesus had told them  it was to happen.

And yet,  it ended up setting us free  from our sins.     We were being redeemed  through all the horrible things  Jesus suffered so unjustly.     God willed it  to be done this way,  so that we could be purified  and become the children  of God  through faith  in Jesus.

We all have to be put  in the position  of admitting our sins,  repenting of them,  and learning  to accept the forgiveness  available only  in Christ Jesus.     We have to learn  to put off our old pride  and self-righteousness — humbly accepting  the gift  of salvation.     We can’t have the gift  of salvation  until we believe  that God wants us  to have it — and we accept it  as a gift  from God.

Jesus’ sufferings say something  about our sufferings,  too.     When our trials are severe  and there seems  to be no end  in sight — everything seems  to be going wrong  and it looks like God  is not answering our prayers — none of that is factual.     It only appears factual,  but we cannot see  or understand things  from God’s perspective.     God knows  what we are enduring   and He is fully capable  of giving instant relief.

But,  He has a greater purpose  in mind  to help us  through our trials  and lead us  to grow  in faith,  hope,  and love.     Our growth  in faith,  hope  and love  are of a much greater value  than an instant solution  to an earthly trial  or tribulation.     The pain and suffering we endure  seem like they might take away  our faith,  but God is always near,  helping us through.     It is as Paul says  about us  in Romans 8:17-18,

… heirs of God  and fellow heirs  with Christ,  if indeed  we suffer  with Him  in order that we may also  be glorified  with Him.     For I consider  that the sufferings  of this present time  are not worthy  to be compared  with the glory  that is to be revealed  to us.

Trusting  that God is with us  through our trials,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  You have made me an heir  with Christ.     Strengthen me  in Your truth.     Your word  is truth.”

Love,
Margaret

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Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
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Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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They are ever praising Thee.
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Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
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Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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