-St. John 13: 3
1st Fact- Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands— had given Him authority over everything. What can possibly stop one that has been given authority over everything? Everything is everything and nothing is excluded! When we “know and believe” that God has before-hand prepared us by giving us His authority over what ever the gates of hell will attempt to prevail or conquer us with, then we can go forward in assurance, knowing that our defeat will not be so! This applies to all things in our minds, our ministries, on our jobs, in our homes, our health, our finances, relationships, IN EVERYTHING WHICH CONCERNS US!! Our challenge is choosing to believe and to walk in that authority!
2nd Fact- Jesus knew where He came from, who He belonged to. No matter what the response would be to His question in Matthew 16:13-”Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Jesus knew who He was, whose He was, and where He had come from. He knew that He did not just evolve from within His own self and appear. He wasn’t a piece of clay lumped together and thrown into orbit to become whatever form and being would manifest. He was not an after thought in God’s mind. He didn’t force Himself into existence. No, He had a beginning, an origin. He came from God. He was in the mind of God, all alone. Neither have we been just thrown together, for we are told in Genesis 1:26- Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” NLT- Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life-the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals.” Psalm 139:16- I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvelous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 100:3-KJ-Know ye that the LORD he [is] God: [it is] he [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture. NLT- Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Ephesians 1:6- To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. NLT- So we praise God for the wonderful kindness he has poured out on us because we belong to his dearly loved Son.
3rd Fact- Jesus would return back to God after He completed His mission. No, He would not be a cast away or would rot in a grave or be left in the hands of those who would rise up against Him and even “kill” Him. Jesus knew that just as God had preserved Him to come to earth with a mission, so would God preserve Him to return to Him after completing His mission. As Christians, we have been sent to earth with a mission. What we may endure through satisfying and completing our mission may greatly cost us including even our lives. But if we know that whether we live or die, that God is in charge of our lives; then just as these facts contributed to Jesus’ successfully living and completing His Mission; so will be the conclusion of our lives and missions.
Embracing these truths gave Jesus the courage, assurance and faith to know that even in death, He would have authority over everything- for even death would not be able to hold His body down and separate Him from God. Jesus knew that in the end, that after He completed His mission on earth that He would go and be with God! If that is not an incentive for us to complete our purpose and mission here on earth, nothing will motivate us!!!
True authority, true faith, true courage is when you can boldly look in the face, those challenges, whatever they are which seems to have the greater power over you. Those challenges which really could destroy you, if not, “But God” intervening, if not, “But God” already equipping us for the fight, if not, “But God” being the greater power in our lives rather than Satan.
Bless you and I love you,
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