Today’s blog title comes from Colossians 1:24-29. It is most definitely not implying that somehow what Jesus did on the cross was insufficient to bring to us forgiveness of sin and new life in Him. The whole of the Bible is clear on that. What is being said is that the goal of Jesus in coming into our world- to bring many people to glory (heaven with Him) – had affliction as a side effect. As we read through the gospels we see frequent reference to the affliction Jesus encountered.
What Paul, his generation, and every subsequent generation who joins with Jesus in His goal of bringing many to glory (Heb. 2:10) encounters due to this goal is this: affliction. The thought is that every generation adds another layer of affliction to that faced by Christ -affliction which comes as a result of our goal of bringing many the hope of glory found in and through Jesus Christ. (Col. 1:27)
Paul rejoiced in the affliction which came as he proclaimed Christ – too often I (we?) recoil from the mere possibility of suffering. May God forgive us for seeking always seeking the path of few afflictions.
We must realize that when we proclaim Christ we are presenting to others the most incredible, life-changing message they will ever hear – and the message that meets their greatest need. We must realize that when we proclaim Christ we are fulfilling a task which God Himself has commissioned us to do. As we embrace those realities we will joyfully join with Jesus in the goal of bringing many to glory – and even rejoice in the accompanying afflictions – as others find new life in Him!
Of all the events that fill the annuls of history none was more significant – none more pivotal – than the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. To those who were within eyesight of Jesus hanging on the cross it was just another, very commonplace, Roman execution. But when we look at the crucified Christ through the lens of God’s Word we see an event that takes away our breath and leaves us overwhelmed with awe.
We see Jesus, during the time thousands of lambs were being sacrificed in the temple, who was rightly called by John the Baptist ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.’ And we see Jesus, against the backdrop of the Old Testament Feast of Passover, fulfilling that feast. The Passover Feast pointed to the freedom gained by ones who were enslaved by the nation of Egypt. The fulfiller of the Passover Feast is the one who brought absolute and glorious freedom to ones who were completely enslaved by sin.
The Bible says in Rev. 1:5 that Jesus “loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,” and reveals in John 8:36 that “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Good Friday is my independence day – my freedom day – and it is indeed a VERY good Friday!
It is with a bit a trepidation that I begin this. Trepidation for I am a bit hesitant in putting out my thoughts for all to see – and for the reason that I’m not certain I want to commit myself to writing something on a regular basis. But I suppose nothing ventured, nothing gained. And I can quit this whenever I want. My goal is to post a new blog at least once a week which gives insights into into my walk with Jesus Christ and my desire is that whoever might read these words would be edified by them.