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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Rulership & Obedience

“42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:42-44).

In this telling portion of scripture, we see Jesus’ truth unfolding before our eyes; and in the process His truth becoming our own. The truth of His humanity, divinity, and purpose are laid bare.

The truth is that Jesus did not want to die. He was just as anxious and frightened as many of us would be if certain death awaited us. And not a quick death, but slow and torturous with multiple beatings along the way. This was not a chop your head off over in seconds type of deal. His path to the cross was approximately a half-mile long. He was beaten, flesh ripped off of His back with lead-tipped whips, a crown of thorns was forced onto His head and most likely twisted in such a way that it ripped and tore the flesh so that blood ran down all sides of his head and face. And after being tortured and brutally assaulted in this manner, He was made to carry the very cross that He would be nailed to along this half-mile stretch.

The synoptic gospels tell us that Simon was enlisted to carry His cross for Him, giving evidence to both the heaviness of the cross (anywhere from 70-300 lbs depending on if you carried the whole cross or just the crossbar), and the exhausted state that our Savior was in. Once at the location of His crucifixion, He was nailed to the cross with iron staves going through his hands (science said it had to be His wrist but we won’t get into that argument here) and feet. Then He hung until gravity slowly made it impossible for Him to exhale any more breath out of His lungs because He had no strength to lift Himself up to allow His lungs to contract. Gravity was literally choking Him to death. This could take hours.

This is what Jesus dreaded, in addition to being separated from HIS Father and forsaken by the very GOD that He had always had fellowship with. He was going to be separated from Himself; a concept equal to, if not more horrifying than the physical torture itself. This is what He prayed to not have to go through, but once He said it He at once remembered that was His purpose for being on Earth. So, He yielded at the end and told His Father to have HIS way with Him. Even though glory awaited on the other side of this torturous death and separation, it was still hard for Him to do.

So hard in fact, that in the next verse we see that an angel came and strengthened Him. But, it wasn’t over. Even though He was strengthened, it didn’t change the reality of what He had to do. He was still in so much agony that the following verse tells us that He sweat great drops of blood, indicative of a severely stressed and traumatic state.

How many know that saying yes didn’t make it better? How many of us can say it was hard, but we had to do it; we had to go through it? Our salvation depended on Jesus going through it. Jesus knew it wasn’t about what His flesh and humanity wanted. The book of Hebrews reminds us again that this is what He was sent here to do.

“5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ’Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me’; 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:5, 10 New International Version). His very body was created to do GOD’s will. Jesus became a human being specifically to do the will of His Father. We were also created to do GOD’s will. Yet, when we messed that up, GOD sent Jesus to redeem us and show us what true obedience looked like.

Utter Obedience

For GOD, it's obedience or death. “15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15 NIV). GOD gave us work, the work of a king (see Genesis 1:26-28). GOD gave us dominion to rule over the entire planet. He gave us authority over all creatures, and placed us in the garden to reign as HE reigns. GOD is the only One we answered to, and all HE demanded was utter obedience.

“ 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’ “ (Genesis 2:16-17 NIV). We would die from disobedience, and lose both our rulership and eternal life. Jesus came precisely to give that back to us so that we could get back to the business of ruling and obeying GOD.

And in the gospel of Matthew, the great commission is to teach that to everybody we can; to those who have forgotten why they were created: for rulership and obedience. “19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV).

May we rule and obey as we were created to; as Jesus died for us to. Wherever GOD has placed you be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, subdue it, and have dominion over it. Dominate where you are. Use your gifts to multiply your ideas, and distribute them around the globe as GOD gives guidance. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” (Philippians 4:23 NIV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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