As you’ve perhaps come to trust, this blog does not contain fluffy, meaningless encouragement. Even at that, it may be more intense than most…

What challenges, if any, are you facing right now?

Perhaps you’re working like a dog, yet see yourself falling further behind. Maybe there’s “that someone” you’re never able to please no matter how hard you try. You could be wondering why God has allowed extreme difficulty or suffering to bruise your heart.

We can appreciate what miseries are. How astonishing, then, is John 12:23—especially when considering its context:

“And Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.’”

Glorified?! Within a short time, Jesus was knowingly heading into:

Betrayal

False charges

Injustice

Physical abuse

Public ridicule

Nakedness

Torture

Death!

As God in flesh, Christ was the Victor whose time for glorification had come. In His humanity, He would suffer through the above “present world” realities as the Lamb of God for sinners slain. Yet while dreading the great physical and spiritual cost of redeeming mankind, Jesus was also triumphantly and gloriously despising the cross and its shame, carrying out the Triune God’s plan of salvation established from before the foundation of the world.

His hour for glorification had come.

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While salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is free to all who embrace it, the cost of salvation was staggering. Matthew 27:33-46 details Christ’s sacrificial death while on the cross, and deeper study of verse 46 makes clear that God the Father temporarily turned Himself away from God the Son—the reality of His holy repulsion of sin and thrilling confirmation of Jesus having successfully borne the iniquities of us all.

All of heaven must have trembled.

Other than the specific snapshot in time when Christ willingly became the unspeakable, detestable representation of sin upon which God the Father unleashed His holy judgment, the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) always existed in perfect unity .

It was at the cross of Christ where the utter holiness of God clashed against everything unholy. It was here where the shed blood of the perfect and holy Son proved to be the satisfactory offering to appease God’s judgment for not only the sins of His followers, but the sins of the entire world (see I John 2:2).

How easily we forget God’s holiness cannot have unity with sin! It was and is God the Father’s role to judge sin in righteousness (see I John 1:5; Revelation 20:11-15). God the Son willingly gave Himself as a substitute for us, dying once for all on the cross to bear the burden of our sins and provide those who trust in His completed work with the joy of exchanging his or her sinfulness for His holiness (Romans 6:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21). God the Holy Spirit moves through the hearts of those seeking truth, revealing that Jesus’ death was not a terrible end to a dynamic leader (Matthew 27:54); rather, it was a holy battle where God orchestrated the time, the place, the sacrifice, and the temporary separation of Himself from Himself—for our benefit.

How wonderful to ponder…

This depth and majesty of God!

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My friend, drink in the immense value God places on you! He knows what suffering is and has borne the greatest of it on your behalf. He has opened salvation’s door—abundant, eternal life with Him—to you.

The Lord of all and King of Kings cares about every fear or agony you face.

He has proven it.

Dear friend, God inclines His ear to those who trust in Him, as seen in Psalm 116:2.  And Psalm 116:5 states, “Gracious is the Lord and righteous; yes, our God is compassionate.” Now catch this:

To that end, God will never cease orchestrating what is good and perfect which, notably, means He will not succumb to our level of thinking and way of doing things.

Isaiah 55:8-9 states: “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”

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If all the difficult, unholy affronts under which Christ suffered were also relating to His being glorified, what does this mean to His struggling, storm-battered followers?

There is always a lot more good going on in our difficulties than we realize.

The bottom line is—no matter what—God is trustworthy. And Christ’s followers, according to His Word, are continuously moving closer to the hour in which they will be glorified. So certain is the Believer’s coming glorification that God writes of it as already having been accomplished:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:28-32).

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The word “glorified” in Romans 8:30 is the Greek word edoxasen, which means “to render or esteem glorious” (in a wide application).

Whether you’re feeling worn out, inadequate, marginalized, beat down, or afraid, be comforted to know that—if you have given your heart and life to Jesus Christ—this God of such depth and majesty will render or esteem you glorious!

 Isaiah 41:10 encourages us:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

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By now you probably know what being a Christian is about. It is a personal decision that only you can make for yourself. God invites you to take the important step of placing all your faith for salvation in Jesus Christ and His finished work.

I encourage you to mentally insert your name into John 3:16, and let its significance sink in:

For God so loved me, that He gave His only begotten Son, that if I believe in Him I will not perish, but have eternal life.

New life, eternal… in Christ.

Oh, the depth and majesty of God!

June

June

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