IT IS ENOUGH THAT JESUS DIED
By Chris Nwoke
It is enough that Jesus died. But He rose from the grave and obtained victory over death for us. Salvation is not only deliverance from sin, nor the sense of personal holiness; salvation from God is deliverance out of self entirely into oneness with Himself. The scripture says, then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will, we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Hebrews 10: 9-10).
Because God had no pleasure in sacrifices and burnt offerings for sin, he made a new way that prepares people for a better relationship with Him. This way enables a person to break once and for all the dominating power of sin and self. The scripture says, for by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified (Hebrews 10: 14).
Total surrender to Jesus Christ does not consider the persecution that follows or the suffering that would be endured, but only seeks a complete union with the Lord. So when you suffer for righteousness sake, you should rejoice. It is written, blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you (St. Matthew 5: 11-12).
Through Jesus Christ, we have access to the Father. When we pray, we must give Him thanks and praise. Pray that His will be done in your life as a child of God. When Jesus prayed in the garden, he said “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (St. Luke 22: 42). We must follow his steps.
When he cried on the cross with a loud voice, saying, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” He was showing the agony of sin and the effect of being separated from His Father because of sin. Jesus had to die on the cross to bring salvation to everyone. All we have to do is believe. Many people in our time who profess to know Jesus, but remain in sin or self are still captives. Jesus is anointed to preach deliverance to the captives. Those who surrenders all completely to Jesus discover the liberating power of God’s love. May God richly bless you. Amen.