The destiny of Jesus

rain-widescreen-wallpaper-12Samuel 3:18: Now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.

Though Jesus was not mentioned in the above verse, the very thing that David was meant to do in the natural sense for the children of Israel are the things that Jesus should do for believers in a grander scale that encompasses the spiritual.

The bible says that for this purpose the son of man was manifested to destroy the works of the devil (1John 3:8). Jesus said that the devil came to steal, kill and destroy but he has come so that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). He counters the spirit of death with his Spirit of life (Romans 8:1-2).

As a type of Jesus, Moses was used by God to free Israel from bondage in Egypt. Are you bound to any bad habit; it is the destiny of Jesus to make that history in your life, to make you free from untoward habit; he stands for freedom. His destiny is to make us free from whatever the devil wants to put on us.

Jesus had the assignment of dealing with death, heart turmoil and sickness. Death was a function of our spirit (we were spiritually dead [Ephesians 2:1]); sin, our soul; while sickness is about our body. The cross represents the culmination of the work of Jesus on these three fronts.

As the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:1-2), he brings peace to us in our relationship with God (Romans 5:1), peace is our experience in our soul (John 14:27), and peace is the area of health in our body, because sickness is the body in turmoil.

The work of Jesus can also be captured in one word: restoration. This is to remake us and our experiences, in a way that it is not different from how it was originally. To restore painting, you need to have an accurate understanding or how it was. And who has a more accurate picture of how we were if not our creator?  Jesus is the creator (John 1:1-5) and he has the blueprint of how we should look like.

He became who we should be, walking on the earth for thirty something years. Dying at that age shows that ageing was not part of the plan of God for humanity. That reflects the truth that it was in the plan of God for us that we should be everlasting beings.

How?

If death was not part of the original arrangement, then we were supposed to have the no sign of ageing on us (I am speaking of a world were Adam did not fall). It is my thinking that definitely there was no sign of aging on Jesus at the time he hung on the cross.

Now Jesus is eternally aged thirty three, in his looks, in his everlasting human form. One can also project that when one dies, all signs of sickness, death and aging would disappear from the body in the after world, at least if you go to be with the Lord as a Christian. John wrote that we don’t know how we would be, but we know we will be like him (1John 3:1-3). For starters, he looks like a thirty-three year old.

However there is another thought: since God is defined as being the ancient of days with the hair on his head like pure wool (Daniel 7:9), maybe the plan was that age was meant to only show in the whitening of the hair?

Jesus said that after resurrection we shall be like the angels in heaven, angels don’t age (Matthew 22:30), they are not subject to earthly decay which is the direct result of the punishment of man; that dust he is and would return (Genesis 3:19). The process of “returning” is the ageing process.

It is the destiny of Jesus to make ageing history in the new world to come. He removed the limitation of death from man. Death is our enemy (1Corinthians 15:25-26), it limits and Jesus has come to remove the limits from us.

He was made poor so that we can become rich (2Corinthians 8:9). That is part of the limit-removing destiny of Jesus. Lack of money can be limiting. The bible says that a poor wise man is forgotten, the spread of his fame is limited (Ecclesiastes 9:14-15). Also we read that money answers all things (Ecclesiastes 10:19). Apart from being sustained with food and raiment, we are meant to extend our hands to the needy in physical terms.

The bible says that God is able to make all grace abound towards us, so that having all sufficiency in all things we may abound unto every good work (2Corinthians 9:8). And it is the grace of the Lord Jesus that is being referred to; that limit breaking grace.

Jesus wants to break the limit in our soul, in our mind. Paul said that, those who are spiritual have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:9-16). He also wrote that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of sound mind (1Timothy 1:6-8). For those in him, Jesus Christ represents for us wisdom (1Corinthians 1:30) and the breaking of our limits of the knowledge of God. He came to break the limit of what is possible with God.

Also there is the limit of our body, in sicknesses and diseases and Christ set out by bearing stripes on his back, to free us from them (1Peter 2:24). That is part of the mission of Christ, it should be proclaimed as such. Jesus said that in his name we would lay hands on the sick and they will recover (Mark 16:15-18).

It is his destiny, to not only help us deal with satanic agenda in our lives by to equip us to help others also. He told the disciples that he has given them the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions (Luke 10:19), representing the powers of the enemy; and to trample them underfoot. We are a major force of Christ on the earth; we are spiritual wrestlers against satanic forces; we are soldiers in the army of Jesus (2Timothy 2:1-4) fighting with truth, love and power.

Of the destiny of Jesus, Zacharias the father of John the Baptist said of Jesus that he will deliver us from our enemies that we may serve God without fear (Luke 1:67-79). The writer of Hebrews said that Jesus was manifested to deliver us who all our lives were subject to bondage to the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-18).

By defeating death Jesus stands as the source of freedom, unending freedom. We were told that with one sacrifice he has saved forever those who are being sanctified (Hebrews 10:14).

 

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