The Battle Jesus Fought

Before Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus wrestled with going to the cross.

His mission here on earth was to die for the sins of humanity. Jesus was the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ was the perfect sinless man. The fulness of God the Father dwelled in him.

Jesus prayed in the garden to God the Father three times asking God, “Not my will but your will be done”. He wanted this cup of suffering to be taken from him, yet wanted to please God his Father. “Not my will but your will be done as Jesus prayed to God the Father.

This shows us the suffering, selfless servant that was spoken of by Isaiah chapter A humble servant. “Just as many were astonished and appalled at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man And His form [marred] more than the sons of men. So He will sprinkle many nations [with His blood, providing salvation], Kings will shut their mouths because of Him; For what they had not been told they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand”.
Isaiah 52:14‭-‬15 AMP

He was despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief; And like One from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him. But [in fact] He has borne our griefs, And He has carried our sorrows and pains; Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken, Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed”.
Isaiah 53:3‭-‬5 AMP

The ultimate victory was won by Jesus here in the garden on his knees as he surrendered his will as God’s only Son. His greatest temptation was to avoid the cross. Satan tempted him so many times, especially in the desert while on a 40 day fast ( Matthew 4:1-11), yet Jesus was without sin. Jesus overcame his temptation in his humanity by quoting the Word of God.. “It is written” three times he overcame Satan’s temptations.
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”.
The promise of victory and destiny was given all the way back in Genesis.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Genesis 3:15 NIV

This was the supreme sacrifice by Jesus willfully dying for our sins and defeating Satan and his evil forces by crushing his head.
Notice in the movie the Passion, the beginning scene when Jesus got up from praying in the garden he stepped on a snake that came near him and crushed its head. This was symbolic of Genesis 3:15. The Messianic promise.

Jesus is the ultimate champion and gives us a promise and hope as well. It was not just His humanity in temptation, but His humility of how and why He left His glory from heaven to come here to this earth to die.

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross”!
Philippians 2:6‭-‬8 NIV

The cross is the ultimate symbol of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. We deserve God’s wrath and punishment, yet Christ hung on the cross because of LOVE. ‘There is no greater love…’
God chose to give you and me His grace and mercy. Our choice is to receive it as a gift from heaven.

How often have we read or seen this verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only son that whoever Believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16.

The battle is the Lord’s and He gives us hope for today and the future. I am grateful for the victory and the power of the cross for forgiveness. How about you?

As we reflect on this Holy Week and what the cross means, may we never forget the price our Lord Jesus paid when he went to Calvary and all He ask of us is to come as we are, and believe and trust Him as our Savior.

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Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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