When the world tries to tell you life shouldn’t be hard. Don’t believe them. It is hard. Peering through the veil will hurt. Remember, Satan did not want Christ to go to the cross. I know the Church teaches something different. Or, they don’t teach this at all. But, it is true, beloved. This message is crucial for 2017. For the church. Because, if your church does not teach this it is on its way to apostacy. And if your church doesn’t believe it, they are already apostate. Everything in our faith rests on what happened in the temptation of Christ.
At His temptation in the desert – if Christ would have turned those stones to bread, or cast Himself off that high place — at the behest of the evil one — you must realize Christ would not have gone to the cross.
The Church does not teach this, and it is because She has lost her way. Are you still not convinced?
Remember, Christ had gone 40 days without eating. He was not walking around as Hollywood shows you. He was the closest he would ever come, in His life, to the agony of the cross. The 40 day fast was his preparation, and rehearsal, for the cross.
Did you read that correctly? Read it again. The 40 day fast was his preparation, and rehearsal, for the cross. You must grasp this. Especially now at the end of the age. In general, pastors do not teach about the last temptation of Christ. They had a chance when that heretical movie came out by the same tittle. But, they failed.
The last temptation of Christ was not to be a man. It was not to escape the horror of what awaited Him. The last temptation of Christ was to be God. Yes, my friend. To be God.
He was at the point of death. Forty days without food. Don’t down play it. It wasn’t done in an air-conditioned, shaded, suburban home with an abundance of water. It was in a desert. He most likely had someone who was instructed to help Him after the fortieth day.
And if you think He didn’t need help because He was “The Lord” then you have proven my point about this not being taught. Please, I beg of you. Let me show you something that will change your life, and deepen your walk with Him.
Philippians 2:7 tells us that Jesus emptied Himself. The Greek word used is “kenoo”. It means he emptied.
You’re probably saying, “Shawn… how did He empty Himself? He walked on water. Turned water to wine. Raised the dead. And, on. And, on.”
This is not what Phil. 2:7 is talking about. And today, right now, is when you learn the most important doctrine in your walk. And, the most important for our time. For our country. For the Church. For you. And, for your church. Kenoo. It’s where we get the doctrine of Kenosis. It is the “emptying”.
Back to Christs’ temptation in the desert. I wrote that the last temptation of Christ was not to be man, but to be God. At the point of death – remember Christ hadn’t eaten for 40 days — the evil one tempted Him with food and His survival. This was Kenosis. Christ did not act on His own behalf. The temptation was to act on His own behalf at the urging of the Devil.
Man tempted Christ as well. When he was on the cross. “Physician heal thyself.”
If Christ would have acted on His own behalf —in both instances, at that moment — one thought is he would have ceased to be God. Satan would have become God. And this is false as well.
But have hope, because there is a more excellent, and more sublime belief — which is… that Christ would have vanished. Or, as John said in his gospel (Jn 1:18) and in his epistle (1 Jn. 4:12) No one has seen God. Or in Ex. 33:20 – “No man shall see God and live.”
If Christ would have turned those stones to bread, which is to act on His own behalf – the world may have been obliterated. But, most importantly… you must realize Christ would not have gone to the cross.
If Christ would have acted on His own behalf He would not have gone to the cross. This would have meant no redemption. No salvation. But there is something more glorious in the temptation than the realization of the path to redemption. Something more sublime than anything taught. More than anything read, or seen. On the face of the earth, or in the universe. And, it is found… in what going to the cross meant for the man Jesus, who being God, did not act as God. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage… Phil. 2:6.
For Christ, what was the joy set before Him (Heb. 12:2)? That He would endure the horror of the cross? Most of you say, “Because He loved us so much, the joy set before Him was our salvation.” This too is in error. Our salvation was the results of the Joy set before Him.
The joy set before Him was that final moment, at the culmination of a thirty-three year-long crucifixion, when He would again be able to say, “Father, into Your hands I commend my Spirit.” The moment when the Son would end the Kenosis (the suffering) and see the face of His Father.
This is the Christian message for 2017, especially in America. It is not a salvation message, per say. For the Church, this message of Christs’ temptation and suffering, is the deciding difference between the true Gospel of Christ, and the counterfeit. Christ calls us to carry our cross. We are commanded to share in the sufferings of Christ. To crucify the flesh. To glorify God in our bodies.
The enemy does not want you to go the cross. He wants you to believe that all suffering is bad. He does not want you to share in Christs suffering. Because if you do, you will have a joy set before you. He wants you to think this world — everything that you a have surrounded yourself with — the enemy wants the world to be the object of the Joy set before you.
So, next time life is hard… don’t give the Devil any credit. Any glory. Do you realize, when you say the Devil is doing this to you, or so-n-so is doing this to you, the chance to see the face of your Father is gone.
Know, that life is hard. You are trying to squeeze through the eye of a needle. That is impossible. You are stepping from this side of the cross to the other. And there is only one way the other side, and that is to hang on it.
Do you want to see the face of your Father? You must suffer. You must suffer as He suffered. Suffering is the way through the veil. This is not about salvation. This is about being conformed to the image of Christ.
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