“I give up!” you say?
Take heart. He will not give up.
“And I began to weep bitterly, because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or look inside it. 5Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed…”
By Heather Djunga
I believe that by the darkest hour of Jesus’ ministry, as He approached the cross, there were many different schemes of the enemy which had been chasing Him to this point.
We know of this major crisis moment at the summit of His ministry because it is well documented, but there is the suggestion of many crisis moments which Jesus suffered to prepare Him for this hour.
Wherever Jesus walked, He ruffled spiritual feathers and was already familiar with death threats and accusations and persecution, many of which were likely still stirring at the time He was handed over to be put to death. We read in scripture how many times people picked up stones to stone Him. He offended them – aligning Himself with scripture, when all they saw was someone they had seen walking down their streets, someone unassuming and ordinary. He was called crazy. How many good-meaning people did he meet who looked down on Him because they couldn’t understand how He was in the will of God, when all they saw was the difficult journey He had made… surely a blessed life meant an easy life?
We focus on the Cross and rightly so – it was the ultimate act of love – but we sometimes overlook the sacrifices and persecution and betrayal and accusations which preceded it.
Jesus Christ was brave… for enduring the Cross and for everything else too.
By the time He entered Gethsemane, He was already a storm surfer. No one could take his life outside of the Father’s will.
But here in the garden – Gethsemane – we see something beautiful.
Maybe you are broken-hearted, or feel surrounded by the enemy? Hemmed in? In a lion’s den? Or maybe even fighting for your life?
Maybe you have given up or felt like giving up.
But take heart. He has not given up.
Daniel couldn’t shut those lions’ mouths. A stone could not cut off Goliaths head. Lazarus was dead How was Daniel going to shut those big mouths? How was a stone going to be used as a knife or sword? How could a dead man even move a muscle – never mind walk out of a tomb?
Maybe He has been waiting for you to come to the end of yourself.
Maybe it’s in surrender that we really start listening. Maybe it’s in surrender that we finally get what ‘Saviour’ means.
Can God save you?
Jesus means ‘God saves’ – saving was the point.
I didn’t know living out loud would mean me having to face so many giants. I thought it would mean healthy eating plans and a new wardrobe and hair colour and getting a diary and planning social gettogethers and joining some clubs. Running maybe. But God had other ideas. He didn’t want superficial living out loud. He wanted to get to the heart of the matter. He wanted me to be truly free.
Jesus didn’t try and stop the storm at the Cross. He could’ve. Called angels to airlift Him out. Rather, He focussed on the will of the Father and surrendered to it.
This summit part of His ministry, towards the cross, had to be climbed alone – it wasn’t between Him and satan. He wasn’t bowing to satan. It was His own decision to give His life. He made that much clear. It was an act of obedience and love between Him and the Father. Only one had to hear and listen. But this One was enough.
There on the cross, a heart torn in two, in surrender to the Father, so moved the Sovereign Lord’s hand to tear the veil between the Holy of Holies.
When Jesus says ‘Enough!”, He’s not just speaking to your circumstances. He’s telling you He is enough.
Right at the moment you give up.
Where you end. He begins. Where you are weak. He is strong. Give it up. Be like Frozen and let it go.
Into His hands.
A life given to Him is a life out loud. When you lose your life for Him, you rise to new life in Him… Give Him your squeak. He will give you His roar.
Trying to roar?
But He can.
Trusting the Lord for a Word to turn your situation today…? One Word from the King can change everything.
Here it is … Jesus (God saves).
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Is 40:31)
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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.