“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 1:1-5, 14, 29 NKJV
I have no adequate words or reasonable comprehension of the manifest sovereignty of God. It is hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world, that, even as as He formed Adam from the dust, He knew that He would one day go to the cross to pay for his sins and those of all of his descendants. In that moment, He knew of every lash, of every hammer blow, of the mocking and the humiliation.
Yet He did it anyway.
I entered the last of the Gospels this morning, as I began to read in John chapter one. As I read the passage, I reflected on the great salvation that was purchsed for me. I thought of the life I left behind, and the abundant life He has given me. I also had to reflect on the times I have winked at sin, and held little regard for the sacrifice of Jesus.
In this Holy Week, I am trying to remember how Jesus’ brutal death on the cross has brought transformation into me. Every moment of every day of my life, and the lives of everyone ever born, was known to God from the beginning. God knew when the first germs of sinful ideas began to form in my heart, and He also knows when I will sin again. That reality makes me shudder.
In light of that understanding, I have a greater will to live holy, as I desire to be pleasing to my God. I want to be mature and advancing in my understanding of God, that I may be able to adequately represent Him before those who have not come to know forgiveness.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
II Corinthians 5:20-21 NKJV
It is difficult to be a witness for Jesus and proclaim the saving power of His blood, and be given over to secret sin. I am finding that I have become more sensitive to the duplicity in my life. As our world appears to be slipping away, I have conviction to share the Gospel with as many people as I can. I also desire that my prayers be heard.
Reading about Jesus, and contemplating His life and death this week, has been very challenging to me, as I use my understanding to propel ministry beyond this Sunday, and into the rest of the year. There is danger in having one’s devotion ramped up, peaking on Resurrection Sunday, and then fading away.
I want none of that.
There are billions of souls hanging in the balance, and time is running out. Brothers and sisters, let us not be distracted by the sinful things that are happening in our world. When we see sin on display, it is good that we look upon it as a reminder to pray. Sin is but a symptom of a sick world that is lost to the evil one.
May this week be a call to action, that we go beyond this Sunday, and go forth to proclaim the Gospel every day and every week. I fear that we are running out of opportunities to freely share the Good News, and in the future, there will be a price to pay. It is better to build up momentum today, than to wait until things are dire and fear stifles our voices.
Lord Jesus went to cross with no hesitation, and He used every moment to tell of the heart of the Father. Even from the cross, He pointed to the Father. He pressed on, with every breath, as if in a divine race. We too are in a race, as we press to the end of the time that we have left.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV
I hope it is said of us what Paul said of himself as he neared the end of his ministry and life.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
II Timothy 4:7 NKJV
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