We all have to deal with those events in our lives that seem to set us back from a progressive journey. It appears we are moving forward when a tragedy or even a glorious event, i.e. the birth of a child, stops us in our tracks and we have to regroup.
Those events to us can be described as setbacks. However, with God it is not so. He is not in the least bit surprised by any event of history. It is His Story portrayed in our lives. God knows and as hard as it is to grasp, allows life events to take place.
Why the sudden attention to “setbacks?” Because I read where a ‘pastor’ referred to the cross of Christ as ‘a setback to the miracle God was setting up.’
God set up His miracle well before the death of Christ. In fact God knew before the foundations of the earth were established that Christ would go to the cross. It wasn’t a setback. It was a set determination to redeem the soul of mankind. My dear readers, please look at the cross of Christ and don’t see a setback but a ‘stand your ground‘ where Jesus The Christ portrays the worth of your soul! You are a soul worth dying for.
God’s miracle included the cross. It was included in His miracle for you.
- “From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.” Matthew 16:21 NASB http://bible.com/100/mat.16.21.nasb
- “As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the way He said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death,” Matthew 20:17-18 NASB http://bible.com/100/mat.20.17-18.nasb
- “They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.”” Mark 10:32-34 NASB http://bible.com/100/mrk.10.32-34.nasb
- “this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.” Acts 2:23 NASB http://bible.com/100/act.2.23.nasb
There’s a great deal more scripture. Suffice to say is we have our setbacks just as those in the Holy Bible but the cross of Christ was no setback. It was a divine plan from a divine Person to fulfill a divine Purpose.
Until next time,