We are a blessed people—we are children of the living God! We were created by God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We were created in his image, to take domination on the earth.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28)
Adam—the man and the woman (who was named Eve in Genesis 3:20), sinned, relinquishing rule of the earth to the devil. So Jesus, the Son, through whom all things were created, came to earth, as a man, to take back his people. He showed by his example, that it is possible to live a godly life on this earth. He demonstrated the power and anointing that we, his people, could have when we live righteously. And then he paid the ultimate price—he died on that cross at Calvary for our sins. His execution was gruesome and humiliating, but he did it because he loves us. Even now, our Lord and Savior sits at the right hand of Father God making intercession and advocating for us!
I know that there are trials and tribulations that we experience, even as Christians, but the good news is that Jesus has already paid the price for anything that we have experienced, are experiencing and may experience in the future. Just before he took, his last breath, he said, “It is finished!” (John19:30) It is “paid in full.” No other sacrifice was needed from that day forward. The sacrificial sinless lamb of God, had fulfilled the debt that we owed once and for all time!
Those of you who are sick—Jesus sees your pain, but more importantly, he paid the price for that illness you are facing, “. . .by his wounds you are healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) I pray today for your deliverance and healing, in the Name of Jesus. Our Lord did not bear the wounds for your and my healing in vain. His Word is true! If you are sick, reach out to Jesus, like the woman with the issue of blood. She had come the end of every single natural thing that she could do. By coming forth in her condition to touch Jesus, she could have been stoned to death. In her desperation, she turned to the only one who could deliver and heal her! Are you desperate today? If you have done everything that you know to do, in the natural, turn today to the Great Physician and be made whole!
There are those of you who have suffered insurmountable grief because of the loss of loved ones. Jesus is there to comfort you right now in your grief. Psalm 147:3 assures us that, “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” Turn to him today, my love—he is interceding for you at the righthand of Father God. Allow the Holy Spirit to comfort you and bring restoration to your soul. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
Some of you have been misused and abused (mentally, physically and even spiritually). Others of you have been falsely accused of crimes and wrongdoings; some of you have experienced rejection, abandonment, betrayal or character assassination—at times—by someone you least expected. Well, you know what, Jesus suffered all of those things, too. Do you know what he did? He prayed for his enemies who despitefully used, abused and mistreated him. (Luke 6:38) He asked Father God to forgive them. (Mark 11:25-26) He even tells us to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) Remember: even as Jesus was suffering on that cross, he looked down at his murderers and tormentors in Luke 23:34 and said,
Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
And while he suffered that untold pain on that cross, he never failed to pray for and show his deep and abiding love for humankind. He is our example of love and compassion.
He is there for you, too, beloved. I believe that Jesus feels every pain, every sorrow, every loss, every humiliation, every betrayal, every temptation that you or I could ever experience. He is there for the poor; the imprisoned (naturally or spiritually); the sick, the blind (naturally or spiritually), the maimed, the mute, the demon-possessed. Jesus referred to these and the poor as “the least of these.” I believe he has a special place in his heart for “the least of these.” He is faithful, so allow his healing, soothing balm of Gilead to restore and bring deliverance from your sorrow and your suffering. (Jeremiah 8:22)
We are blessed; Jesus loves us unconditionally, my dear friends. Even if you are experiencing some form of hardship today, remember: we have a crucified Savior; a Deliverer; a Restorer; a Healer—our Redeemer lives! He is our example of how to live, so pray for someone else, today. And never cease to pray for “the least of these.”
Be Blessed on this Resurrection Sunday
Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction He was afflicted,
And the angel of His presence saved them;
In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them,
And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
Matthew 9:36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them , because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet is without sin.