Purpose: Ordained to Judge the Living and the Dead

Purpose: Ordained to Judge the Living and the Dead

And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. – Acts 10:42

We are back to our series on exploring the purpose of Jesus Christ with a view of identifying our own individual purpose in His. It is worthy to refresh our memory about two of the fundamentals of purpose: firstly, all human purposes are entrenched in the Bible; secondly, every purpose of man derives its origin in the purposes of Jesus Christ. That is why He is the consummate Man.

In the passage above, we are offered an insight into another purpose of Jesus Christ; He was ordained by God to judge the living and the dead. Being God, Jesus naturally had the prerogative of judgement. And, much more, having left His glory in heaven to come offer His life as a ransom on earth, He became even more qualified to determine our fate. But He is not about judgement alone, He also became many positive things to us, He is the Author of our salvation, our Alpha and Omega, the Author and Finisher of our faith, our good Shepherd, our Healer, our Restorer and much more.

So judging us isn’t all that He is about. He plays more positive roles in our lives besides. But, He is the One God has ceded the responsibility of judgement to. That was why He took great pains to enlighten us about the parameters He would base His judgement on. The first being our acceptance or non-acceptance of Him: He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18).

Another metric by which we will be judged is our disposition to His word, as documented in the Holy Bible: He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day (John 12:48).

The scope of His judgement covers both the living and the dead. Knowing therefore that Jesus wields such power in determining how you fare in life and where you will spend your eternity after death, don’t you think it is wise to take Him more seriously?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Anointed to Heal the Oppressed

Purpose: Anointed to Heal the Oppressed

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
– Acts 10:38

The devil means no good for us at all. As recorded in the Scripture, his agenda, among other things, is to steal, to kill and to destroy humanity (John 10:10). By virtue of the fall in the Garden of Eden, humans gave the devil a foothold in their lives, thus availing him the legal stake to accuse us before God and trouble us.

In addition, the devil also takes great delight in oppressing us in various ways, in health, financially, emotionally, mentally, socially and the rest. But, God desires us to be free of the influence and torment of the devil; that was why He sent Jesus Christ to come and seize the power that humans surrendered to the devil, through disobedience, and restore same to us, alongside our dignity and rights as children of the Most High God.

The passage above says God anointed Jesus to do good everywhere as well as heal all those who were oppressed by the devil. The passage says “all who were oppressed by the devil”, not some of them. But they must first come to Jesus and accept His Lordship to be qualified for His healing and deliverance, plus other benefits He holds.

Do you feel oppressed, suppressed or restrained in any aspect of life? Jesus is the answer you need for your liberation. He is the ultimate deliverer. He is the boss of the devil. Having sacrificed His life on the cross to bear the sin of the world and descending to the pit to wrestle out of the devil’s hand the power handed over to him by humanity in the Garden; He has transferred the authority to His disciples; thus changing the balance of power to the believers’ side. You only need to look to Him to be healed and restored.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Four Candles

Four Candles

The Four Candles burned slowly. Their ambience was so soft you could hear them speak…

The first candle said, “I Am Peace, but these days, nobody wants to keep me lit.”

Then Peace’s flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.

The second candle says, “I Am Faith, but these days, I am no longer indispensable.”

Then Faith’s flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.

Sadly the third candle spoke, “I Am Love and I haven’t the strength to stay lit any longer. People put me aside and don’t understand my importance. They even forget to love those who are nearest to them.”

And waiting no longer, Love goes out completely.

Suddenly…

A child enters the room and sees the three candles no longer burning.

The child begins to cry, “Why are you not burning? You are supposed to stay lit until the end.”

Then the Fourth Candle spoke gently to the little boy, “Don’t be afraid, for I Am Hope, and while I still burn, we can re-light the other candles.”

With Shining eyes the child took the Candle of Hope and lit the other three candles.

Never let the Flame of Hope go out of your life.

With Hope, no matter how bad things look and are…Peace, Faith and Love can Shine Brightly in our lives.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.Hebrews 3:13

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Anointed to Do Good

Purpose: Anointed to Do Good

Purpose: Anointed to Do Good

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
– Acts 10:38

There are two missions of Jesus captured above: doing good and healing those oppressed by the devil. Our meditation today will be focused on the first one.

No doubt, if one was to describe the life of Jesus Christ, based on all our meditations in the past few months about His purpose and mission on earth, benevolence is an apt word to sum up His personality and activities. The intensity of His engagements with people and the effects He had on their lives when He was physically present were phenomenal. Now 1,990 years after His physical departure from Earth, the impacts He has had in the lives of innumerable people across different ages and climes on a daily basis were even more mind-blowing.

The interesting thing about His good works is that they are not static or one-off. The Bible says He “went about doing” them. That means He did not discriminate where His benevolence would be focused; His acts of kindness were without bias and were extended to the Jews, the Samaritans, the Greeks, the Romans, the Syro-Phoenicians, and other nationalities. He taught them, healed them, delivered them, fed them, raised their dead, and restored their sights, among other things.

His good work was also not a one-off, as He continued to minister to people day and night even at personal inconveniences, such that when He was urged to eat at one time, He said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).

The charge to do good is a universal calling. Jesus only came to show us how best to do it. Through His personal examples, He modelled to us the right spirit with which to do it as well as the commitment, the passion, the focus, the compassion, and the consistency needed to make an appreciable impact.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Exalted to Give Repentance and Forgiveness

Purpose: Exalted to Give Repentance and Forgiveness

Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
– Acts 5:31

Jesus, having completed His assignments on earth, was exalted and placed on the highest pedestal in heaven – the right hand of God. He was also entrusted with all power to do and undo in heaven and on earth. That power includes the ability to give repentance and forgiveness.

Sin of any kind puts one in bondage; thus inhibiting the performance and sabotaging the efforts of the sinner, making a hardworking individual look lazy and a smart person stupid. This is so because sin shields the sinner from God and the X factor that adds favour to labour.

Living with guilt-consciousness also hinders productivity and deflates joy. It robs the mind of the mental state needed to integrate socially. Sin and guilt can defeat the purpose of one’s life. That is the reason God gave Jesus the power to set humans free from the bondage of guilt and sin by offering repentance, on one hand, and forgiveness on the other.

It is an indescribable experience to live without the weight of guilt and sin. It frees you up to be all that God created you to be. It offers the peace of mind needed for creativity, productivity and achievements. Jesus is empowered to give us that experience.

Jesus is the One God has entrusted with the power to give repentance and forgiveness of sins. But He has also ceded some of the power to His followers while commissioning them to go preach the gospel, which will lead the hearers to repentance. He also said, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; and if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:23).

In fulfilling the great commission of ministering Jesus to sinners, you are partnering with Him in offering them repentance and another chance; and by forgiving those who have hurt or offended you, you are demonstrating the divine power to release a fellow human, so that he can fulfil his/her destiny.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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