Monday, September 26, 2016
You see, even in His very worst moments of time, Jesus never panicked. He never lost hope. He never broke faith in His Father. He never stopped believing, or quoting, or obeying God's Word. Even at the doors of death itself... even after He was physically mutilated and, finally, spiritually separated from the Throne of the Most High, Jesus willfully and bravely stepped into the heart of Hell in order to free us from our bondage of sin. He was tormented beyond understanding and separated from His Father's life-giving presence.
And, through it all, what does He do?
What does He say?
What is His composure?
At the end of the day, no matter the cost... no matter the trial... no matter His very life, Jesus loves His Father most and trusts His Word intimately, completely. His behavior always, always showcases God's Everlasting Word. His existence always, always glorifies God's Holy Name... God's good character... God's eternal love for us.
So, how did our Messiah behave? How did He handle stress? How did this man, who was also holy and perfect in every way, react to the constant attacks and adversities that surrounded His ministry and purpose here on Earth? Always, always with Scripture.
In short, His Father was His only focus.
As I reflect on this, I realize just how saturated Jesus was in The Word of God. How totally absorbed He lived out His time on Earth in God's presence while also faithfully reciting the truth of Heaven over, and over, and over for our benefit. Nothing would derail this goal. Nothing would stop Him from obeying and glorifying the Throne of His Almighty Father always, always.
This is the saturated life in Christ that I seek to know. His life is the model of whom I wish to mirror. All for God's glory. All for His Kingdom. All for His purpose - for to me "to live is Christ" always, always.
Today, I encourage you to remain in Him, dear Christian. Compose yourself in His grace. No matter the trial, do not fear or be afraid. Do not panic or lose hope. Rather, trust God's Word. Be strong, courageous, steadfast in your faith. And always remember, the Savior has overcome. The God of all Heaven and Earth loves YOU always, always!
Let us each live intimately inside the security of our Master's truth. Let us hear our Shepherd's voice, and allow His to become our voice too. Let us boldly obey and glorify the Throne of the Most High... always saturated, always with His composure as our guide.
For His purpose... for His glory shall we live always, always.
I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! (Psalm 22:22-23)
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