HIS PASSION(Pt. 3)

Jesus, The Satisfied

“May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”(1 Peter 1:3 CEB).

 

I remember traveling by car through the countryside of Washington State. It was the season of the Wheat harvest. As far as the eye could see there was nothing but the beautiful golden grain fields. As I drank in the beauty of the countryside with this sight before me, I realized more than my own enjoyment what satisfaction it must be for the local farmers! They had prepared the fields, planted it with seed, cultivated it and hoped for adequate rainfall. Then at last! The harvest for which they had patiently labored had appeared.

As we contemplate this Passover season, we must ask ourselves, what did our Lord Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection mean for Him? The writer to the Hebrew believers wrote, “For the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame…”(Hebrews 12:2 NIV).

 What possible joy could the Lord Jesus experience while being rejected by his own, being tortured and condemned to die for a crime He never committed on a Roman cross?

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Yeshua (Jesus) took joy in knowing that He had fully accomplished his Father’s will. He was not put to death by the will of man. He freely gave up His life according to the will of the Father (Acts 2:23).

DEATH WAS DEFEATED

Through death, Yeshua defeated death and snatched the grave’s victory from the devil!  “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death”(Hebrews 2:14, 15 NIV).  He not only defeated death for Himself but for you and me.

THE JOY OF HARVEST

Finally, the joy set before him was the fact he was going back to the Father but He was not going home alone! The scriptures foretold, “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! For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations” (Psalm 22:22-28 NIV).

Again, we read from the prophet Isaiah, “After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors”(Isaiah 53:11-12 NIV).

A mighty harvest of souls will spring forth from the earth. And a heavenly anthem will be sung in heaven. “And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation”(Revelation 5:9 NIV).

Yeshua will  present many sons and daughters just like Himself,  a first-fruit offering, to the Father. Therefore, we can rejoice with billions around the world declaring, “CHRIST IS RISEN! Christ is Risen, Indeed!”  With them, we know that the worst that could ever happen to us happened to Him nearly 2000 years ago! The words of Jesus,“Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hell and of Death”(Revelation 1:17b-18).

That Good news brings us a blessed hope and to Jesus great joy and satisfaction.

 

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