Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Jesus has done all things well

                                             Mark 7:37

What a testimony the people of the 1st century said of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ‘He has done everything well’.  The people were overwhelmed with amazement as Jesus did the good works in which His Father gave him to do. Jesus, in everything he does, does it well.

Do you not believe this doctrine my fellow creatures? Then let me walk you through his life and you will indeed see that He does all things well.

He was born to a carpenter, a man of no reputation, poor in status. At twelve years old we find him in Jerusalem in His Father’s house sitting among the elites of the religious order. He sat among them listening to them and asking them questions. He not only listened but also answered their questions and such was the answers that He gave that everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and answers. Here we see that even at twelve, being a mere boy that Jesus does all things well. (Luke 2:41-51).

Jesus began His ministry with a baptism from John the Baptist. Many before Jesus had been baptized by John, but when Jesus was being baptised, as he was coming up out of the water, John saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven saying: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” Mark 1:9-11. You see, even in baptism, Jesus does all things well.

The ministry of Jesus could be summed up in his manifesto, “The time has come, the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news”.  Here, he would walk the dusty streets of Israel for three years with his gang of disciples, doing miraculous signs and wonders, speaking such words that even his enemies dared not to question him further. The demons trembled at his sight, the wind obeyed his voice, the dead rise, the blind made to see, the stranger welcomed to his company, the proud silenced, the kids blessed, the woman liberated, sinners forgiven, the hungry fed, his disciples transformed apart from Judas whom he had perfectly picked to achieve his purpose. You see, in all things Jesus does all things well.

Now we embark on that bitter Friday, where Judas’ purpose on being a disciple was all for this very hour; to betray his master. In that solemn garden, with many soldiers as if they were coming for a murderer, Judas led the way as fitting for a son of perdition and kissed his Lord. But he knew not that Jesus does all things well and Judas is simply fulfilling the sacred scriptures in which our Lord Jesus is the author of, for the scriptures testify about Him. Zechariah writes, ‘So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, “throw it to the potter”- the handsome price at which they valued me’ Zechariah 11:12-13. Judas sold our precious Lord Jesus for thirty pieces of silver for that was how much he valued his Lord, the Holy one of Israel. Even in betrayal, Jesus does all things well.

In our Lord’s trial, the whole chief priest and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death but they did not find any. They scuffled and howled, leaving no corners unturned in order to find a piece of condemning evidence, but in all the earth, none could be found. They lied and cheated, for they loved the darkness and hate the light, till finally they condemned him by the truth which came out from the mouth of our Lord Jesus. For Jesus gladly said that I am the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven, (Mark 14:55-62). You see, even in his trial, Jesus does all things well.

We behold the man on the tree, facing the people who once hailed him with Hosannas. And we see a crown of thorns on his head, three pierced nails nailing him to his cross; blood flowing from his head to his feet, two thieves at his side, He was thirsty and they gave him vinegar, the soldiers mocked him, they insulted him, the crowds adamant for his crucifixion. And we behold the man on the tree with the marred face, looking with sorrowful eyes at pain not his own, and dared to utter the words, ‘Father forgive them’. He glared up into heaven and gave up is spirit to His beloved Father. The centurion who saw all this (that is how Jesus died), remarked that ‘surely this man was the Son of God!’. Will this not also be your cry after the survey you have just witnessed. Are you not yet convinced that Jesus does all things well. Isaiah tells us the deeper meaning of the crucifixion of Jesus, and that it was all for you. For Jesus took up your infirmities and carried your sorrows, but you may consider him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. But neigh; he was wounded for your sins, yea, your blackest sins, and was crushed for your iniquities. He endured such opposition from sinful men for your sake. The punishment that brings you peace was upon him, and by his wounds you are healed. You are like a sheep who has gone astray, turned to his own way and God laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all.(Isaiah 53). You see even in his cross, He does all things well.

But there is one more event to be mentioned, and this of all events, crowns his victory. This event, he does perfectly well and only in the end of the ages will such marvellous works be displayed again. Although the devil and his sons had crucified Jesus, they knew not that Jesus does all things well. For in three days, the tomb which held captive the body of Jesus, will be broken out of by the resurrected Christ. For Jesus had risen, he conquered death for death could not hold him. The life in our Lord was too delightful for the bitterness of death, His love too overwhelming and his power too great. He arose in the dawn of the morning like the sun and his opened eyes sparked a tremendous rejoicing among all the low and high creatures who delight in the glory of God. Even in death, Jesus does all things well. Will you not also be amazed, will you not also be in wonder? And today will you not commit thyself to the one who does all things well. Can you say that about any other captain, or about any other Lord’s. But we can with confidence say it about Jesus, that He does all things well!.

There are many more things that could be spoken of here, for example, Jesus is a perfect saviour, a perfect sanctifier, a perfect redeemer, and also the good shepherded, who brings all of his sheep to the green pastures although their path may at times be rocky and at times they may fall in the waves of the river, yet the good shepherded brings all of his sheep home. So if you are a sheep of our Lord today, dance with overwhelming confidence that He will bring you home. Jesus has done all things well.


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