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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 21 April 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IDENTITY and RESURRECTION

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IDENTITY and RESURRECTION

He knew.

 

Jesus knew it all. He knew everything that was coming, everything that was about to happen. He knew before Father told Gabriel to appear to Mary.

 

He knew. Jesus knew.

 

And He came anyway. He came knowing He would suffer. Knowing He would die.

 

Knowing the enemy would think he had won.

 

Who. Does. That.

Jesus does.

 

Because He also knew something else. Something that enemy just cannot grasp—Father God wins. He is sovereign. He is omnipotent and omnipresent and omniscient.

 

He knows the beginning from the end.

 

Why did Jesus remain silent? Why did He not respond to the hecklers and naysayers? Why did He not defend Himself before Pontius Pilate?

 

Because He knew His identity. He knew absolutely who He was and is. He knew His purpose, and His battle was not against Pontius Pilate. His battle was not against the throng of people who has just days earlier been devoted followers. Nor was His battle against the Pharisees, even.

 

No, Jesus’ battle was against the deceiver of our souls. His battle was not on this earth, not of this world. His battle was a spiritual one, manifest in the natural realm. What Father God gave to Adam was lost, and Jesus came to get it back.

 

Was He worried about it? Did He question who would win? Did Jesus ever doubt the outcome?

 

No. He did not. At all.

 

His night of anguish in Gethsemane was not begging Father to let Him win. He had no doubt about that; that was ever in question.

 

And the reason was simple—Jesus knew His identity. He knew absolutely who He was and is.

 

But here’s the kicker—we can know that same thing. We can know absolutely who we are in Him. That’s the reason He came. That’s the reason He left His realm in Glory to dwell in a body of flesh. The reason He endured the frailties and difficulties of this human life. The reason He embraced the cross, and the events leading up to it, with open arms.

 

For us. Because in Him, our identity is the same as His identity. The keys that were stolen, He got back. The keys that unlocked our access to heaven. The keys that restored who, as humanity, we were created to be. His.

 

We were created for Him. For relationship and fellowship with Him. When Father God created Adam, He said,

 

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27

 

Guess what? God did not mean that He appears as we do, physically. Perhaps He does. But the image to which He referred is spiritual. From the very beginning, we were made to be like Him.

 

All the struggling and striving and suffering is because we separate ourselves from Him. Because we don’t know who we truly are. Who we’re meant to be. Who He created us to be.

 

Jesus knew. He knew who He was. And He knows who we are.

 

That’s how He looked the enemy in the eye and said,

 

“It. Is. Finished.”

 

That’s how, when His earthly body lay in the tomb, He looked at the enemy and said,

 

“You. Are. Defeated.”

 

And that’s how, on the third day, He walked out of that tomb in full resurrection glory and victory.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Identity and Resurrection, Genesis 1:26-27, It is Finished, He is Risen, #EasterSunday, #ThirdDay

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