Today’s Scrip-Bit   16 April 2022   1 Corinthians 15:57.

1 Corinthians 15:57.      But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Oh my people, the rain we experienced last night has washed away the darkness and sorrow of Good Friday and has opened us unto a bright and shining Holy Saturday morning, where, with bated breath, we are eagerly waiting the magnificent, world-shaking, earth-shattering, and triumphal rising of Jesus Christ tomorrow on Easter Morn! 

Right now, Jesus is in a state of metamorphosis, like the caterpillar, who when the time is right, when he has accomplished his time and purpose as a caterpillar, undergoes a mighty change from an ugly crawling species, throwing of its old self, painfully divulging itself of its old nature, and being reborn as a brand new entity, a beautiful butterfly with a new purpose, who can take wings to the sky to serve and worship it’s heavenly creator!  

Yes friends, right now we’re in a state of waiting, that time between asking the question, or sending up the prayer and waiting for the answer. And I know we’re all eager to see Jesus rise tomorrow, but it calls for some patience. So, let’s just relax and do like Bruh David advises: ‘Wait (in faith) on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the Lord.’ (Ps. 27:14) But, unfortunately, that’s oftentimes the hardest part of our ordeal, the waiting without knowing what’s going to happen, or when it might. 

This, however, is a different situation, we know, without a doubt, that Jesus will rise tomorrow on Easter Sunday; it’s just a matter of time. Nothing can stop it, because our Lord God has decreed it, and whatever He decrees comes to pass! That’s another fact of which we are absolutely certain! So all we are waiting for is the passage of time, which does seem to go rather slowly when you need the solution to a big problem or are excitedly waiting on something special, like we are waiting on tomorrow to celebrate Christ’s triumphant resurrection, His marvellous defeat of hell, death and the grave, to life everlasting. 

So that we can declare with confidence and overwhelming surety, like Bruh Paul wrote to the church at Corinth: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave (O hades), where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Cor. 15:54a-57) 

And all God’s children gave a mighty shout of joy as they gratefully declared (steups!!!): ‘Oh praise the Lord, for His wonderful kindness, His awesome grace and mercy to the undeserving children of men!’ And this is the time, that of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection when that praise is desperately needed, for it’s when our whole outlook on and options on life dramatically changed! Yes friends, it’s at this Easter season that we were given the opportunity to receive salvation and eternal life through Jesus’ work on the cross of Calvary and His rising on that first Easter Sunday. 

As Bruh Paul said to the Roman church. ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together.’ (Rom. 8:16-17) Oh my fellow saints, if we live devotedly and sacrificially to the Lord, then we will be glorified just like Jesus was! 

Like the Good Book details about Christ: ‘And being found in fashion (appearance) as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of (those) things in heaven, and (those) things in earth, and (those) things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’ (Phil. 2:8-11) 

Ah mih people, all of us want to be exalted and glorified, but we don’t want to do the things, make the sacrifices necessary to attain such heights. But Jesus did it; that’s why the Father exalted Him. And it’s for our sakes that He suffered such agony and shame, so that we could have forgiveness of our sins, and have the option of salvation and everlasting life, instead of just hellfire and damnation that brings eternal separation from our Creator. So why is it so difficult for us, as His disciples, His ambassadors, to do, or to make the little sacrifices He asks of us eh? 

Remember He said that if we want to be His followers, we need to take up our cross daily and follow Him. That means forsaking ourselves for Him and those who look to Him. And what’s ever so disappointing in our refusal is that He never asks of us what He will not, nor has not done, and always gives us the wherewithal to accomplish His tasks. However, we think that because we are Christians, the chosen of the chosen, once we say we believe, we should enjoy the good and abundant life without lifting a finger or making any sacrifices. 

But that’s not how it works my brethren. And I believe that these immortal words of Bruh Paul to Timothy explains it quite nicely. ‘It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer (endure), we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.’ (2 Tim. 2:11-13) That’s it in a nutshell friends! Or, as the scholars tell us: ‘The principles of endurance are enumerated on the basis of the assurance of salvation.’ And the two best examples of endurance are Bruh Paul and Christ Himself. 

And no, (smile) I did not forget about our usual Saturday happening, that of looking at the quotes our friend Anselm sent us, but I only got two, and they seem to fit very nicely at the end of Todays’ Bit. The first says: ‘If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.’ And that’s the gospel truth! We can never stand still in our walk with Christ. We have to be continually growing, maturing, as we read and study His Word and put it into practical application in our lives. 

And the last quote says it all: ‘The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.’ Now that’s also an indisputable statement my people! Wisdom is not only knowing what to do, but even more being willing and able to do it! So please, this Holy Saturday morning let’s seek to acquire real wisdom nuh, and then put it into action, make the changes we need to make, obviously with Christ’s help, the only way we can accomplish it! Much LOVE!

…be of good courage…and he shall strengthen your heart…all ye that hope in the Lord…  (Ps. 31:24)  

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