Impact on Jesus week #26


7/10/17

The opening of Isaiah 45 has God speaking to Cyrus. Cyrus was a pagan king, yet God said "I take hold of his right hand and subdue nations before him." 45:1

God was using an enemy of His, a king who did not acknowledge Him as Lord, to accomplish His purposes. Listen to this:

"I will go before you and level mountains. I will break down bronze gates, and cut through iron bars. I will give you treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, (here is why) So that you (Cyrus) will know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, WHO SUMMONS YOU BY NAME."

Gods enemies were at his beck and call to do what He wanted done.

How powerful this was to Jesus as he realized Cyrus represented another, greater enemy, Satan. Jesus would know the story of Job by now. He would have seen how Satan was summoned by name to accomplish what God wanted done in Job. Here he sees it in Cyrus. So Jesus, faced with the most powerful of enemies could know that his Enemy had been summoned by name by God the father and what was Gods reason for calling Satan up? So The Enemy would know God was the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings.

What power this infused Jesus with in the moments when his enemy attacked! Jesus did not have to worry or fear, because he knew his Enemy was only being given opportunity in order to accomplish Gods greater plan!

Boldness. Confidence. #Impact

#EnjoyTheShepherd

7/11/17

"See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction." Isaiah 48:10

I don't imagine these were the most exciting words to Jesus. I mean, who really wants to be tested by affliction. And not only affliction, but a furnace of affliction. Tested by fire! Tested by suffering. Tested by pain.

I imagine Jesus asked this question out loud! "God, why do I have to suffer so much?" His suffering started long before Calvary. As a boy he was hunted. As a child he lived in a places Jewish people were despised. He was considered a bastard child and thus called names considered and outcast by many. In answer to his question, "Why do I need to be tested?" He learned this:

"For my sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another." 48:11

So Jesus learned the purpose of his affliction was because God was interested in protecting his glory. In other words, God wanted to test Jesus in order to ensure Jesus was going to stand up to the test. God did not want his only begotten son to defame His holy name, so He allowed Jesus to be tested in a furnace of affliction.

How comforting and exciting, right?

But that is not the end of what Jesus learned here. I am sure he wondered how he would be able to pass these painful test without making any mistakes. How was he going to make it through?

He found his answer -

"I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go." 48:17

All he had to do was allow His Daddy to lead him through and trust God knew what was best for him!

I am so grateful Jesus learned this lesson and passed through the furnace of affliction and came out the other side PERFECT! Because he did, now I have been redeemed and now the same God who guided Jesus through the furnace of affliction will also hold me in his hand and lead me through this world of trouble as well!

#Impact

7/12/17

Isaiah 49 and 50 are so full of Impact moments for Jesus, I encourage you to read it for yourself when you have a moment. Here are a few of the verses I highlighted:

"Before I was born, the Lord called me; from my birth He has made mention of my name." 49:1

How much Jesus must have loved this verse, knowing his life had a purpose and meaning before it even began and that before he was born he had been called and his Daddy knew his name!