HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
This is truly a great day to be living in the unfolding of the word of God. It is with great knowledge and understanding that we search the Scriptures for the truth in these last days. Let us note in this morning’s segment that Jesus called us to prepare us for death with a reward of life.
Jesus hand-picked twelve ordinary men, calling them to abandon their own lives so that He could pour His life into them. For three years they followed Him wherever He went and hung on His every word. He taught them about the kingdom of God. He taught them how to love one another, how to lay down their lives for each other every day. He did not teach them a program of self-improvement, power through positive thinking, or maximizing their human potential. Instead, He said:
If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. (Luke 9:23-24)
The cross was not an abstract concept to Jesus’s disciples. They had grown up under Roman rule and had seen men crucified. The cross meant the death of the most excruciating nature. It was a means of execution saved for the worst criminals and rebels. Jesus taught his disciples that the only way to deal with their fallen human nature, the selfishness, lust, and rebellion that was in them, was to put it to death, ruthlessly. He taught them that a man cannot enter the kingdom of God without leaving the kingdom of darkness that he is born into, the domain of the evil one whose clutches hold its prey until death. He taught them that no one breaks free by his own strength.
Hallelujah brethren it is with joy that I pray God’s blessings on you this morning that God will anoint you and use us for His honour and glory.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW …..