Easter is upon us, and as Christians, believers, and Christ followers – the message of Christ’s resurrection should by a daily reminder, not just during Easter, that Jesus surrendered himself to God’s will, even when he was anguished and overcome with sorrow. And I have to believe that Jesus, because he was human, had fears like any human would of what he knew was coming.., a horrifying physical torture and painful death. Even still, he surrendered to God’s will versus his own.
Just hours before his arrest, Jesus found himself in the garden crying out to God “My Father, if it is not possible to take this cup away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” Matthew 26:42 And just prior to this, Jesus told Peter and the two sons of Zebedee “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” Matthew 26:38
So why does this matter, surrendering to God’s will and purpose? It matters because our greatest challenges in life are opportunities for our greatest victories. And this leads to living with a God-centered faith and having a personal testimony. Christ followers are overcomers because Jesus overcame the world. Jesus’ greatest hardship became his greatest Victory. Is HE not risen? There is no resurrection without the cross. Jesus paid it all on that day, and surrendering to the will of The Father made a way for each of us to have a personal relationship with God and the Holy Spirit, through HIM. All praise and thanks be to Jesus, who in HIM we are saved.
Today and always, I am forever thankful to Jesus for dying for my sins. And I desire only, to stay in this moment and heart condition that remains constantly aware of this unbelievable sacrifice for me and for you. This living sacrifice for the atonement of my sin encourages me to continue to work at dying to self, so that I can surrender to God’s plan, and live out a purpose where I can be used by God for good. It ‘s not about me, it’s all about HIM! Thank you Lord! May you strengthen me and equip me with the full armor of God, so that I may continually surrender to your will for my life, and so I can withstand the schemes and lies of the enemy. In Jesus’ name, Amen!