FOLLOWING IN THE PATH OF THE DIVINE….CALVARY (Part 10 of 10).
“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:33-34).
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” In the melody of my soul, I am celebrating the masterpiece of salvation, which God choreographed, in Jesus Christ for humanity! It is a spiritual concerto of an extraordinary journey of faith. It is a divine path that was composed and orchestrated by the Maestro of Unconditional Love, God our Father. It is impossible for me to crucify my Lord again and again. Therefore, I presented a question, in which I already know the answer to. We were not there when they scourged our Lord. Neither were we there when they nailed him to the cross. Nor, were we there when he called on his Father. Moreover, we were not there when they pierced him in his side, and when he hung his head and died; nor when he was buried and resurrected. No, I wasn’t there Yet, Following in the Path of the Divine to Calvary…I BELIEVE!
Arriving at the final installment of this series, I must confess that I have been blessed with so much more spiritual teachings about our Lord Jesus. First, regarding his personal sacrifice for a world that rejected his true and unconditional love. Jesus demonstrated on the cross, through absolute and pure love, that he looked beyond our faults, and saw our needs. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus’ reaction of love toward rejection, prompted my soul to respond in divine rhapsody. “I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary, to view the cross where Jesus died for me; How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul, He look beyond my fault and saw my need.” I will never again respond to rejection in bitterness or malice. Rejection has taken on a new meaning for me; and it has forever lost its power to dismiss and scorn me “because they know not what they do”. I have received a new spiritual prescription for my eyes. Now my spiritual eyesight is focused on praying for those who seek to abolish me, and the ministry that the Lord has assigned to me. Calvary has taught me this, even though I come in love, and I know my heart is true to Christ; the Pharisees and Scribes will not always welcome my spiritual gifts, and contributions to the Body of Christ. “Jesus saith unto them, did ye never read in the scriptures, “The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?” (Matthew 21:42).
Again, I was blessed to revisit Jesus’ declaration of humility on Calvary’s crossed. Jesus summoned my spirit to yield to the full will of God. I thought I was humble, “Hello..,” but my humility, is nothing in comparison to the redeeming power of perfect humility. It is true, if you want to do great things for the kingdom of God, you have to be humble. The great and restorative power of God, comes through a pure and righteous heart. “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian in My Heart.” I don’t want to seek grandeur for my flesh, I just want to be useful to Jesus. “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12). The disciples wanted Jesus to exalt himself, just as Satan tempted him to do in the Wilderness of Temptation. Jesus refused on both counts and because he humbled himself, he now has all power in heaven and earth in his hands! His humility was true and not a religious performance or a form of godliness. His heart proved him worthy of exhortation in the sight of his Father in heaven. This is how all Christians should seek to meet God. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” (I Peter 5:6).
In addition, Jesus was crucified knowing that he would be resurrected in three days. “…Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19). Jesus went to Calvary in faith believing. He trusted in his Father’s promise and power to resurrect him in three days! Jesus ultimate duty was to conquer death and hell! When he had accomplished that, God raised him from the dead. Here, Jesus teaches us to enter Calvary in faith and with the full knowledge that God’s promise of our resurrection is true. If you fear death, then I say to you: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). Jesus is coming back again for his Bride, (The Church) that is without spot, blemish or wrinkle. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14: 2-3). The resurrection of those who died in Christ is true. “And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted; Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here; behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” (Mark 16:6-7).
Remember: “In shady green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along. Some through the flood, and some through the fire, but all through the blood. Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, in the night season and all the day long.” Thank you Jesus for living and dying and rising in victory. Lord, you have taught us how to live and how to die in the faith of the resurrection. I was not there when Jesus was resurrected and spoke to Mary and his disciples. I was not there when he met them on the shores of Galilee; and gave them the great commission; and when the Lord ascended to heaven on a cloud. Nonetheless, Following in the Path of the Divine to Calvary, I am expecting Jesus to return for me because….I BELIEVE!
For the record, this has been an honor for me to serve my Lord, on this journey of love. I have enjoyed the comments from those who have found some comfort and peace on the path. Also, I am honored by all who followed in silence, and are sharing this spiritual journey with their families, friends and congregations. This was not an easy path to follow, I know there were some thorns along the way. The incisions will be healed and you be will blessed. I pray that in at least one of these places of divine, you have found some living water for your weary soul, I have! God bless you and amen!
Written by Jessica L. Matthews