Wimp or Warrior?

Jesus surrendered. He cried out three times in the Garden of Gethsemane. He begged his Father to take the cup of suffering from him. Overwhelmed in agony, on his knees, his blood poured out like sweat from his brow.

The Father answered with a gentle whisper that Jesus must suffer for the sins of the world. Jesus had left the glory and majesty of heaven to walk among us that we may stand before a holy God forgiven and cleansed by his blood. Accepting the Father’s will an angel appeared to comfort Jesus and He had peace.

Can you imagine knowing how you will die a brutal death?

Jesus stayed on the hill called the Mt. of Olives that overlooked the city and from there he could see down to the Kidron Valley where the officials would eventually lead him to his demise. He waited for the fulfillment of the prophecy that he would be betrayed by a kiss. Jesus could have fled, but instead he obeyed his Father. He stayed.

In Jerusalem there were certainly many ways for Jesus to escape. In fact, the previous week many people had hailed him as king waving palm branches as he triumphantly entered the city on the colt of a donkey as prophesied about five hundred years before. His own mother and Mary Magdalene and other disciples would have hid him until he maneuvered around the city in an attempt to flee, but Jesus waited patiently for the Father’s plan to be fulfilled.

Quite honestly, if it had been me facing that kind of torture, I probably would have run. As a Christian who wants to follow Jesus I hope I would be as brave as many martyrs have been to suffer unto death for His name’s sake.

Jesus stayed to endure the torture and pain that would lead to his death. He would endure the betray of his disciples and others who just proclaimed Him king of the Jews, he would endure the thirty-nine floggings with metal strips that would rip apart his flesh, and he would endure the large nails that would pierce his hands and feet to suffocate on the cross.

Jesus knew the suffering he would endure. Some might ask, why would Jesus surrender and give up instead of fight victoriously like a warrior?

Let me ask you, would a wimp willingly stay to endure the suffering? No, a wimp would run and hide. A warrior would go to battle to fight on our behalf, to set us free from the prison of our sin and shame. A warrior would endure whatever the cost to fight for freedom, to save us from destruction, and to lead us to the safety of the throne room of heaven. Jesus fought the battle. He endured the suffering. He died to bring us life and three days later, Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death.

Our Warrior lives!

His love for us nailed him to the cross. We must remember that Jesus won the battle, that he took the punishment of all our sin upon himself, and gives us resurrection power to live with Him. He will strengthen us through the gift of the Holy Spirit that comes to dwell within us when we invite him into our heart. Jesus reigns and rules as our Lord, Savior and Warrior to do battle against the evil of this world by his love for us.

We must surrender to the Father’s will to be lifted up, to be equipped with strength, peace and joy in the midst of our battle. The scripture says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Jesus is alive.

He sits at the righthand of the Father to do battle for you and me. Surrender to Jesus to receive power to resist temptation, to follow him, and to be the love of Jesus to this hurting world.

The question is, in light of what Jesus did on the cross for you, will you be a wimp or a warrior for God?

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  1. Sandra Lopez

     /  April 25, 2011

    My warrior lives and he will return on a white horse. He conquered death in round one. He’ll conquer Satan in the final battle. Thank you Jesus

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    • Praising God that He is our Warrior and that through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be warriors for Him. He is coming back to do the final battle. He is victorious! He is Risen!

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  2. Donna

     /  April 24, 2011

    Excellent! Jesus is awesome! Thank You, I love you Jesus!

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    • Yes, thank you Jesus. You are alive and doing miracles. I thank you for the miracles you have done in Donna…thank you for your healing power in her body. She is a testimony O Lord of your grace, mercy and power. Thank you Donna for allowing God to use you, by being humble and obedient, you are a warrior for Jesus.

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  3. Kenji Stratton

     /  April 24, 2011

    Thank you Jesus!

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    • Praising God that you Kenji are a warrior for Jesus. He is using you in the prison ministry to battle alongside families to bring comfort to those who have loved ones incarcerated. Keep being obedient to God’s call on your life…He has an amazing plan all for His glory. God bless you my friend.

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