Who Is The Man?
That man prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane until His sweat became great drops of blood; he was spat on, mocked, his beard jerked out, and a crown of poisonous thorns pressed down on His head; He was whipped until He no longer resembled a man; and He was nailed to a cross. …This man? He was the Son of man and the Son of God. He is Jesus. He suffered in His becoming the sin of all people, and He died. What’s this? The stone is being rolled back. Mary stands looking into the sepulcher. “Where is my Lord?” The angel of the Lord replies, ”Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said, Come, see the place where the Lord lay…Why seek ye the living among the dead?” (Mt. 28 and Lk. 24).
Sometimes I wonder why God’s people live their lives as if they are “anointing the dead.” I understand that there is a time to mourn; …but here stands Jesus, triumphant over satan. The sin debt has been paid. All victory belongs to Him. After Mary saw Jesus, she certainly wasn’t crying the blues. She fell at His feet in worship. The Bible tells us that after the angel spoke to her, she ran with great joy to give the gospel message to the disciples. “I have seen the Lord…” She was the first to share this gospel message, “Jesus was dead; but He is now alive.”
Church, we need to be reminded, “Jesus is not dead. He is alive.” He attempted to prepare the hearts of the disciples of His death; yet, comfort them that He would come back. In John 16:22 & 23 (Amp. Bible), Jesus says, “So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed); but I will see you again and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight). And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].” Then Jesus tells the disciples and us that He will send the Holy Spirit, Who is “Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—The Spirit of Truth…you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]: I will come [back] to you.” (Jn.14:16-18). Well, child of God, on that glorious Pentecost, the Holy Ghost came upon 120 people. That same Holy Ghost lives on the inside of us who are born again. This is something to shout about. Let’s get out of the sepulchers that hold the stench of the dead. Are we searching for abundant life in this world? Does TV, the Internet, a book, parties, work, or anything else offer us abundant life? Let us run to the “Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
Who is this Man?
He is Jesus; the Living, Victorious, Almighty King of Kings and Lord or Lords.