The most gruesome, and heart wrenching deaths that had a TRUE purpose for all people lies at the cross of Jesus Christ. The intense pain, agony, and anxiety that Jesus went through before and while being crucified; I imagine what some of us suffer can’t be compared. I think of the trials I go through, compare it to what Jesus did for us, and give God all the glory for the victory bought by the precious blood of Jesus. He paid the ultimate price, He suffered immensely for us and didn’t have to; He sacrificed everything, in fact, more than we can fathom for our lives to be walked in victory.
When Christ took His last breath on the cross, He said, “It is finished.” What does that mean to you? It could mean that the works of the cross are finished or plain and simple, He’s done suffering. But could that really suffice for the amount of SACRIFICE He did for us out of love; not at all. Jesus didn’t say, “To be continued…” He said, “It is finished.” That means Satan is DEFEATED. That means evil is overthrown. That means we are cleansed of our crimes and sin forever. Every evil deed is judged, and the blood of Jesus has purchased the full price of redemption.
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1) sounds like a perfect way to end a love story; but wait…what Jesus did on the cross was part 1. It doesn’t end at Calvary. There is so much more to be joyful about in the midst of our trials because not only what Jesus did for us brings us everlasting victory, but we get to reign with Christ FOREVER in the new age to come!! Why worry about such things of this world? Jesus said not to be transformed by this world BUT by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2)! When I got saved, my mind went from, “I have to go to college...I need the best job I can find…I HAVE TO be successful!” to, “I already know the end to this story.”
Understand this, if you trust God to give you food to eat every day, can’t you trust what He tells you in the Bible? Paul said in Romans 8:18-19 that what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later because all creation is anticipating the day God will finally reveal who His children are. We KNOW without any doubt Jesus is coming back; glory to God. So what are these stumbling blocks doing to your faith? What are His promises doing in your life? Do these things in life that happen to you really matter when we all know what truly matters in the end? We know the end to the story; Jesus gave us the “secret” to life. FOLLOW ME, He says!
Is what happens in your life worth stressing over? Is it really worth it to you? Are these struggles you’re facing really the end to it all? God is the God of love, and tender mercy. The Beginning and the End. He writes your story for you; He plans your life for you even before you were even brought into this world! He knows the struggles you face, the rocks thrown at you, the people who slander you, that job that laid you off, He KNOWS. If you know the truth that is told by God, what can this life, here on Earth, possibly gain for you? The Earth is passing away but the Word of God lasts forever! What are you doing about this life you are living?
Let me tell you, it is definitely not easy. We are going to cry, we are going to mess up, but God is the same today, tomorrow, and forever. He gave you the authority to rise up and say, “You know what? I’ve been set free.” It may be way easier said than done, but look at what Jesus did. Before He got crucified, Jesus wept in a garden called Gethsemane (Matthew 26), and cried out to God basically asking if there was ANY OTHER WAY this work that was to be done at the cross could be passed over by some other means. Jesus the MESSIAH said, “God can’t you deliver these people’s sins some other way? Why do I have to be the One to do this?” Right after He says, “Your will be done.” He sucked it up, knew what God called Him to do, and sacrificed His life for the authority over all things, given to us freely. That is true love. Long-suffering. (1 Corinthians 13)
Take a moment and think about true love. True love is Jesus…who He is, and what He did. Now turn it around and reflect what we go through for Him. Jesus didn’t promise us a life free from pain, death, or sickness. But what does your foundation of faith stand on? Those horrific things, or the promises of God? Now I ask, is what you go through worth it just a little bit more than stressing over what doesn’t really matter? It’s not worth it here on earth, but for the glory revealed to us later, heck yes it’s worth it, because victory is marked on our foreheads.
Paul says in Romans 8:35-37, “Can anything separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For Your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep).” No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” No matter what we go through, victory is ours. Rest in that victory. Become that victory, and spread the Good News, because the One, who died for you, now dwells in you. He gave His life so we could have ours, and because He lives, we shall live for Him. Our God has robbed the grave! May every rock that is thrown be used as a stepping-stone to get you closer to Jesus, the Savior of all. In Jesus’ name.
“This is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
He also will deny us.
If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.”
(2 Timothy 2:11-13 NKJV)
Written by Alexandra Alonzo