The Last Beating.

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I’m tired of things going wrong. It feels like when things start to go right something else comes and knocks the winds out of my sail. I’m pretty sure you all know that feeling of disappointment, feeling beat up by life. Sometimes it can be people, other times it is just one of those things. People let us down, plans don’t work out and dreams don’t always come true. Over these past few months of ups and downs I have found myself wondering is God able and if he is why is he not willing?

Yesterday in church Pastor Neil preached a great sermon on ‘Where is Jesus now?’ One of the things he said really struck me. He said that Jesus has taken his last beating. Jesus is not a baby in a crib, a beaten man on his way to execution, no, now he is a ruling King, ready to come back to the final battle.

Revelation 19:11-16 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

What a picture of Jesus that contracts the images we have of Jesus meek and mild. He is the victory, he is the might warrior and one day he will come for me. While life today may be a roller coaster of up and downs it will not always be like this. Yes sometimes life sucks (a favourite theological term of mine) but it won’t always. Yes Easter gives us a picture that Jesus knows what it is to suffer and suffered for us, but at Easter he took his last beating.

What is my picture of Jesus? If I really believe that he is victorious then perhaps I will have renewed strength for the roller coaster ride.

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7 thoughts on “The Last Beating.

  1. I am so often refreshed and inspired when I come here. Today is no exception. First of all, I can relate to this:

    “I pretty sure you all know that feeling of disappointment, feeling beat up by life.”

    And then you give me these words of awe and majesty and victory:

    “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.”

    And all I can do is worship.

  2. LG

    I don’t know anyone who can’t identify with life sucking sometimes. This post really does lift ones eyes heavenward.
    This too shall pass, God has not fallen off his throne and his heart is still for your good.

  3. I’ll admit–I actually read those verses the other day and, as you stated, had a hard time picturing Jesus as this might warrior. But you are right; He is a mighty warrior who knows our suffering and can give us strength. Even when life just sucks. 😉

  4. We were challenged to replace Jesus’ name with “The Resurrection” to remember how powerful God is, how alive is the Lord we serve, and how he is ultimately conqueror already over everything, even death.

  5. It is hard sometimes to balance the two visions of Jesus we get in the Bible: meek and abused, sacrificed for our sake; and then the warrior God, returning all-powerful. But then again, it’s kind of hard for me to wrap my mind around all facets of God. Too often I try to humanize God in order to understand him better.

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