Letters From God

Dove

Julie Andrews

 

Not My Will

When we align ourselves with God's will for us there is unity of spirit, mind and soul. When we pursue all the things of the Kingdom with all our strength and determination, then we show and reveal our love for God.             

 What is the object of our Lives? Is it to be self centered, to pursue our own path, our choices, our way? Or is it to be selfless - to determine and chose to surrender our will to God, and do His will for our life?

This was Jesus' struggle in the garden at Gethsemane. Although He chose ultimately to surrender His will to God, He asked if "this cup of wrath" that God had prepared for Him could be taken from Him. Very understandable and very human! It was a wrestling with His destiny that He had to go/went through. For our sakes He chose to accept the cup, but it didn't come lightly or glibly, He agonized and sweated blood over it.

As we yield to God's will, to His choices, to lay down our "self's" desires, we demonstrating true love to God. Sometimes He chooses to bruise us, as He did Jesus, His beloved son. How could an all loving, all powerful Almighty God choose to bruise or hurt a person He loves? Is that loving? Is that kind? Is that even just? Has God abandoned His nature towards us/Jesus by this choice?

 Quite simply - NO! This is because God choses what is absolutely the best and necessary course of action in our lives. When we truly submit, as Jesus did, then the true power and glory of God can be revealed. By "hurting and bruising" Jesus for our benefit and with His permission, God, though Jesus was able to purchase the blood price of our salvation back from the fall of Adam. As He yielded to God's will we, His brethren were and are set free from our iniquities' the only possible way we can be - by the blood sacrifice of the Lamb.

This was the fullness of the pattern begun on the first Passover  fulfilled. The blood of the lamb on the door post saved the Israelites from the angel of death. Now one perfect human sacrifice should die and by His blood the angel of death would pass over us.  It was/is the ultimate sacrifice of self and it gained us our freedom in eternity.

This was the bruising of Jesus that pleased God - that His precious Son, by choice, would allow the prince of the power of the air, Satan, to chastise and kill Him. Jesus is Satan's nemesis, his enemy. He was/is totally jealous of Jesus and with God giving Jesus over to the powers of darkness, Satan thought that he would at last prevail over Jesus and "get Him".  Jesus would be defeated.

Satan really thought he had won when Jesus died, that he had destroyed his enemy Jesus forever. They (the hosts of darkness) didn't know how it would end. No one except the Godhead did. It was hidden in the scriptures, hidden in plain sight in the writing inspired by the Holy Spirit that the Messiah would die and then rise again in glory. But no one understood it. We know now because we came after the resurrection but before it happened, no one knew. Even the disciples and followers close to Jesus didn't understand what He was telling them. They did not know what would happen. They couldn't see the future, even three days ahead. But God knew.

Jesus defeated the ultimate weapon of the enemy - Death. Not just the act of dying but the everlasting destruction beyond the grave - the everlasting separation from God. He totally laid to rest for all time the power of death for all those who believe and follow Him with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. It is the most comprehensive victory of all time.

Forget our earthly hero's. This was the most far reaching Conquest Ever. Many people thought at the time and still think today that Jesus was a wimp, a loser, a failure. He didn't "save himself". He didn't come "down off the cross", He didn't call 10,000 angels to destroy the world and set him free. Instead He died alone to set us free.

What they don't realise is that the physical death on the cross, while setting us free and doing so much good for us was only part of the plan, The conquering of the Destruction of Death - the everlasting, never ending existence of separation from god was overcome and conquered. It was this that was the ultimate goal and triumph - the part that isn't seen, the three days in the grave.

'What did Jesus do then/there? He conquered Destruction in the spiritual realm. He stopped the door leading to that realm for Believers and opened heaven's door of redemption for us. He fought a spiritual battle on our behalf, just as He had fought a physical battle on earth. His victory was 2 fold - both physical and spiritual. It was the unseen battle that was the harder won but both were necessary to secure our salvation.

I believe this is why when Jesus rose from the dead he was raised in glory, He was different from before and while the close followers knew Him well they didn't immediately recognise Him. Mary thought He was the gardener! There was a difference, a change in His nature, who He had been and what He now was and is.

Before in His ministry, He was fully God but having gone through the experience the actual events of Death and Destruction Jesus Jeshua was elevated to a position of even greater significance in heaven (Even as I write this I am Astounded) It is as though the actual experience of surrendering His will to the Father, and actually living though the whole events, both on earth and the spirit realm added a dimension to Jesus that hadn't been there/present before.

He was raised in glory to be seated at the right hand of God. He was found to be worthy to open the books and Heaven rejoiced. Something happened that is outside our comprehension but  totally and profoundly altered forever the fate/future of mankind and the Son of Man Himself. We know in part  - but then in full. We catch glimpse of it now but then we will know completely, as we are known. There are layers more than we truly understand, but we know enough to believe.

An eternity of Praise and Thanksgiving will never be enough to fully acknowledge our debt to Him, But He is gracious and merciful and accepts what we bring. Our Christ is truly worthy of our all and everything, our total surrender of self. Amen


Rom 5:15 But, not as the offence so also is the free gift; for if by the offence of the one the many did die, much more did the grace of God, and the free gift in grace of the one man Jesus Christ, abound to the many;

Mark 14:36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.
Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Rev 3:2 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set
down with my Father in his throne.

1 Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Sam 2:6 The LORD brings death and gives life; he sends some down to Sheol,
and he raises others up.

שְׁאוֹל sheol, underworld, grave, hell, pit   Bible Meanings 1 place of no return, 2 without praise of God

Rom 6:9 For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

Heb 11:28 It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

Luk 23:39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”

Song: "He could have called 10,000 angels ......he died alone for you and me" the words of a song by a brother, Ray Overholt  written many years ago. I remember the first time I heard it sung and I have never forgotten it. Holy Spirit inspired

Mark 8:3 Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead.

Rev 5 1-5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”