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PAIN AND SUFFERING PART 31

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit (John 19:30 NKJV).

THE GENESIS OF JEALOUSY AND MURDER (29)

The Biblical account describes the creation of man as follows; And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (Genesis 2:7). This passage tells us that, man is more than flesh and blood. This means, we’re both physical and spiritual; as such, we have body and spirit. We cannot see, touch or feel the spirit because, it is housed within the body.

From the above passage, we know that, our bodies are made up of dust. However, the spirit is the breath that God breathed into us. Both body and spirit co-exist as one undivided entity until we die. When we die, our spirits go back to God; whilst our bodies return to the earth.

Giving his account on the death of Jesus, John wrote; And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit (John 19:30b). This passage refutes the critics’ argument that, Jesus did not die. John tells us that, Jesus died like any ordinary human being. The bowing of his head is a clear indication that, the strength in his body was gone; hence his neck couldn’t hold his head up.

Describing how the spirit left the body of Jesus, John wrote; He gave up His spirit (John 19:30b). For Jesus to give up his spirit is another way of demonstrating his authority and power over death and nature. Jesus was willing to die to fulfil the vision for which he was sent to this world; i.e. to save mankind. Unlike any of us whose spirit will be demanded of us by God, Jesus surrendered his to the Father. A clear indication that, during Jesus’ life on planet earth, he was fully Man and God. As a Man, he had all that goes with our human nature; only, he did not yield to sin. As God, he has the power over sin, nature, sickness and death.

Saints, let’s remember the parable of the Rich Fool who thought of having enough wealth to enjoy. But God said to him; ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided’ (Luke 12:20)? The time has come for us to continue to love God and do whatever he’s called us to do for him; even, if we have to go through suffering and pain. Job, in his suffering said; 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 And after my skin is [a]destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, 27 Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my [b]heart yearns within me (Job 19:25-27)!

As always, let’s continue to hold each other’s hand and pray for ourselves as the coming of Jesus draws closer. Please, do send this study to your contacts as well.

Dr. Charles Mantey

Senior Pastor
Disiciples Revival Church
Toronto, Canada

 

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