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Will you Stand up and Die for your God?

Posted by appolus on February 11, 2008

“Jesus would cry out, in the most agonized cry every heard on the earth “Fatherrrrrrrrr, why has thou abandoned me.” You see Jesus could take being abandoned by His fellow Israelites whom He treasured, by His friends who He loved dearly, but to be abandoned by His Heavenly Father, to be separated from Him for the first time in all eternity, was a hell we can never comprehend.We think in time and space, we think in linear terms, we do not and cannot understand that the Godhead operates outside the bounds of time. Therefore, what we consider to be a moment of time, no one will ever know to what degree the “separation,” Jesus experienced from His Father really cost, not only Jesus, but also His beloved Father who had planned this from the very beginning.”

 Will you Stand up and Die for your God?

Phi 2:5 For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
If we look back in history, we can see countless examples of men who would become gods. These are sometimes men who came from royal backgrounds, or Roman generals or Egyptian Pharaohs. Yet, in all cases, they would be at the very apex of their power and they would demand that men would fall down, under pain of death, and worship them.

It has been said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Isn’t it amazing that when God the Son comes to earth, his strategy for presenting Himself to the world as God amongst s is exactly the opposite of mere men? We are told that Jesus made Himself of no reputation. That He took on the form of a servant and came as an ordinary man, a man that worked with his hands. He constantly told people not to tell anyone what they had seen, He withdrew Himself from the crowds. How this flies in the face of those who represent God today.

Wiggleworth, that famous man of God, used mightily by him, knew this truth well. One of his workers, while flattering him said “Mr Wigglesworth, men are mentioning your name all over the world.” Wigglesworth, with much wisdom replied that he was not long for this world then because God would share His glory with no one, two years later Wiggleworth was dead.

And so, Jesus, being found in the likeness of man, humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. How many of us know that when a friend or a family member is dying, or seriously ill, then we come to them and comfort them? There are doctors and nurses to ease the pain and try and help. In the spiritual realm, when we are called to die, there is no such comfort. And yet we try and minimize the pain. We call on friends and loved ones for help, which they often try to do. We want to die nice comfortable deaths to the flesh. If we could choose, we would choose to “die in our sleeps.” A nice clean death, yet there is no such thing in the Spiritual.

Jesus shows us the two kinds of deaths that obedience brings. There is death, then there is the death of the cross. We see the Lords example in the natural. We see the point of obedience in the garden of Gethsemane, where He chooses His Fathers will over His own.How many of us have not even reached this point? Remember Jesus came willingly here to earth, God the Father never compels us, he merely gives us the choice. Have you given the Lord your will? Have you asked the Lord to shape you by the death of your flesh?

The first thing we see is that Jesus loses all His intimate friends, not only loses them but is denied by one of His closets friends. Then we see Jesus suffer the injustice of six trials where He is falsely accused and found guilty, then He is tortured to the point that His body is marred more than any mans body every has been. After that He is compelled to walk the “Via Del A Rosa,” a long and arduous climb with the weight of heavy beam on his shoulder. And all along that walk, all the people that he loved are lining the streets and mocking Him and jeering Him. Remember, it was not long before that he had said “Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to her, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would .” Now these very people that He loved so much are the one mocking Him and baying for His blood. Even in the state He was in there was no compassion from “His children.” Can you imagine that you have been tortured and are about to die, and instead of your loved ones gathering around to love and support you, they have either abandoned you, denied they even know you or are actively taking part in your torment?And all of this is “to the point of death.” The death of the cross is still to come.

Next Jesus is nailed to the cross, now the full horror of Calvary is about to play out. The pain and the suffering and the humiliation and the rejection, the torture and the mocking was only the “death,” now the death of the cross would come. Jesus would take all the sins of the world on Him and would experience hell for each and every one of us. God the Father would look away from this sin and Jesus would cry out, in the most agonized cry every heard on the earth “Fatherrrrrrrrr, why has thou abandoned me.” You see Jesus could take being abandoned by His fellow Israelites whom He treasured, by His friends who He loved dearly, but to be abandoned by His Heavenly Father, to be separated from Him for the first time in all eternity, was a hell we can never comprehend because we think in time and space, we think in linear terms, we do not and cannot understand that the Godhead operates outside the bounds of time. Therefore, what we consider to be a moment of time, no one will ever know to what degree the “separation,” Jesus experienced from His Father really cost, not only Jesus, but also His beloved Father who had planned this from the very beginning.

If God the Father, in His infinite wisdom, allowed His Only Begotten Son to suffer death, and the death of the cross, how does this compare to your situation? Believe me, I am not trying to minimize anyone’s suffering, but there is purpose in the death of the flesh. We too must bow to the will of God in the Garden, or not. If we do, then we will certainly experience rejection and abandonment from friends, relatives and loved ones. We may not be tortured physicaly(many brothers and sister down through the ages have been) but we will certainly experience the torture of the death to the flesh. We too will walk the via del a Rosa, we will be burdened down by our own cross which will lead to our own Calvary. Once we have been through the crucible of death, and the death of the cross, then we will begin to become truly useful in the Kingdom of Heaven. This is not for the fainthearted and many are called but few will be chosen.
Phi 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted Him, and has given Him a name which is above every name,
Phi 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly ones, and of earthly ones, and of ones under the earth;
Phi 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

After the process it is God the Father who exalts who He will. The powers that be are subject to those who walk in an exalted position. Those who walk in this path are not afraid of death, they are not afraid of authorities, they seek no limelight. They realize that they must allow Jesus to go before them in the power of the Holy Spirit. If they have a reputation that goes before them and that reputation is worth 50% then they are only 50% useful to God. If their own charisma is 60% of their ministry, then they are only 40% useful to God.

In verse 5 of Phillipians chapter two it says “Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus.” What mind is Paul talking about? Lets go back to the first chapter and see.

1:27 Only let your conduct be as becomes the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you, or else am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, striving together with one mind for the faith of the gospel,
Phi 1:28 and terrified in nothing by your adversaries. For this is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
Phi 1:29 For to you it is given on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
Phi 1:30 having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

The mind that we are called to brothers and sister is to “Stand fast in one Spirit, striving together with one mind for the faith of the Gospel.” Also, we are not to be terrified by our enemies, for they see this as evidence of false faith. And lastly we are called not only to believe in Jesus but we are called to “suffer for His sake.”

The Kingdom of Heaven arrived and was delivered by the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. The kingdom of heaven is not America, nor is it my homeland of Scotland, the Kingdom of heaven is to be found in my heart and the hearts of believers all over the world. Do not get caught up or entangled in the affairs of this world brothers and sisters, for there’s a war. Even the politicians and the generals know that they can never truly win a war in the middle east unless they win the war for the “hearts and minds,” of the people. This is where the American war will be fought, we fight for the hearts and minds of those around us and we do it by allowing ourselves to die to the flesh, to take up our cross and walk the narrow torturous road that leads us to the ultimate death of our flesh. When people around us begin to see Jesus, then we are winning the battle. We must make ourselves of no reputation. Our philosophical or political backgrounds must diminish and Jesus must shine through. Do not be dragged down a broad road and be written of by the world as a “right -winger.” When they see us acting out of fear, fear for our society, fear for our children fear for our institutions, they laugh and believe that our faith is false. As Christians we should fear nothing, even death, for in this Jesus is exalted in our lives, may He increase and may we decrease.

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