The Gospel message is all about love. God loved us so much that He gave His one and only son so that we could have life and have it more abundantly. All we have to do is believe that Jesus died for our sins and we are saved from a life of destruction and given the gift of eternal life. All God wants from us is a yes. It's just that simple. Our part is simple, but the path that Jesus had to take to buy our freedom was a daunting one. Jesus is God wrapped in human flesh. While on earth, He provided for us a detailed road map of how to live this life and conquer sin and the grave. He showed us how to love our enemies. He showed us how to be compassionate and not judge others by outward appearances. He showed us how to use our authority and power. He was the ultimate teacher. Yet He had to die a horrible death in order for us to live life abundantly. Doesn't seem fair does it? Well it wasn't. It was necessary.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus came face to face with the reality of what He had to suffer for us. The Bible tells us that sweat dripped from His face like drops of blood. Jesus is God, yet He wrestled with the task ahead of Him. He did not want to partake of the cup, yet He did it just for you and me. Jesus laid down His divinity in order to save a people who did not even believe Him to be the Messiah. Our Savior had to be beaten and broken in order to pay the penalty for sin. He was mocked and scorned. He had to die so that we may live. There was no one else worthy enough to complete the task. Only Jesus could die for all of humanity. Yes God's plan through Jesus' death and resurrection was to reconcile humanity back to Him but Jesus also taught us a valuable lesson in how He handled that trying time in His life.
There have been many seasons in my life when I felt like I couldn't make it through. It seemed like the minute I declared the Word of God that all hell broke loose in my life. It was a constant battle to try and stay positive because before I even figured out how to handle one situation, another one popped up. I wondered how much more I could take. My body has been in so much pain that at times I thought it would be better just to leave this world. I have hurt so bad that no medicine could relieve it. I have been so weak that I couldn't even feed myself and then God reminded me that I can take the breaking.
God allowed His only son to be broken and beaten just so He could raise Him up three days later. When He rose, He was given all power in the palm of His hand. No, Jesus did not want to endure the suffering and pain but He knew that it was necessary. There was no other way around it. Yes, Jesus could have come down off that cross but if He did, our future would be dim and without hope. Jesus was broken for you and me. He was broken in order to fulfill a higher purpose. Despite the suffering, Jesus said yes.
Through Jesus' example, I am learning that I too can take the breaking. The breaking is a part of the plan. It is through the breaking that God is revealing to me who I am in Him. When Jesus was taken from the garden, He exuded confidence in front of Pilate. He knew that His fate was the cross but He didn't try to talk His way out of it. He accepted His calling and walked into His destiny. The breaking causes you to see that there is a higher purpose in motion. Yes there are moments of weakness, but with tears in your eyes you have to keep moving forward. Through the pain you have to cast down those thoughts and imaginations that come against you. Even in your pit, you must muscle the strength to say thank you anyhow. The reason you must do these things is because God is going to use you for His glory. There is a task that He needs you to complete and only you can complete it. Jesus through His suffering and death is a reminder that you can take the breaking.
The path to destiny is a winding road. The Bible tells us that in order to reign with Him we must suffer. Through the suffering God is developing your character. He is imparting you with wisdom and revelation. If you allow Him too, even in the suffering God will show you glimpses of your future.
I don't know when I will walk again. There is no magic cure for me. Doctors don't have the answers. I could look at my situation and drift down into the pit of despair. Yet I choose to follow Jesus' example. It's not my will, but Lord I want your will to be done in my life. I have to go through the suffering, but I believe that I can take the breaking. Sometimes God allows you to be broken so that you and others know that only He could have put the pieces of your life back together. God wants to do a new thing in me. He is the potter and I want to be His clay. If I submit to the molding and shaping, I know with confidence that just like Jesus; I will rise.
Be encouraged today that no matter what you are going through Jesus knows. He is our ultimate example. He took the breaking and so can you.
Until next time....Be Real. Be Authentic. Be YOU!!