Three prayers on the cross:
As we learned from our Bible studies, Sunday school and learning from church services and from others like our family, friends and neighbors as well, Jesus is known to many as the Son of God sent from above by the Father and through Him the world maybe saved and believing in Him will be rewarded an everlasting life. (John3:16 kjv). Jesus is human and divine and some maybe confused if they have not heard yet the story of Jesus and did not hear a proper interpretation or a simple literal explanation.
If Jesus Christ is both fully human and fully God, was He human before He became God? Or, is He God that became human? As other believed during the 5th century, Jesus’ humanity only added to Him and that He already existed even when the world has yet to exist. Jesus is known to many as the Son of God sent from above by the Father and through Him the world maybe saved and believing in Him will.
For a little explanation, Nestorianism one of the belief during the 5th century is a Christian doctrine that Jesus existed as two persons, the man Jesus and the divine Son of God. This is confusing because human flesh only started when life begins after God gave breath to human being and was named Adam. There was a group also that believed Jesus only appeared to be human prior to his Baptism this is called Adoptionism. When we listen to all these beliefs, there are many of them and will only add to our collection of doubts and confusions. Just for the sake of learning or sometimes they call it the school of thoughts there were three popular beliefs of the 5th century in Christological teachings: Catholicism—Two Natures in One Person; Nestorianism—Two Natures in Two Persons and Monophysitism— One Nature in One Person. The two natures of Christ stand strong up to this date, Christ in human body and God incarnate.
In order for us to settle this confusion, just pay attention to One True God and you will never get wrong. What He did and what the Son did. There are so many biblical stories that were written and movies played in theatres and Televisions that are made for business giving profit to producers. The Trinity is the safest and very close to the truth or it is the truth. Though it is not written word for word in the Bible it is clear through our wisdom that the Godhead exists as well as the Bible which is not literally written and we believe. When we believe in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit our faith will not comeback void and we will never get lost in translation. Though the word Trinity is not written in the Bible it was written as a prologue in the Book of Revelation. We cannot have both spirit and flesh or else there will be a struggle between the two natures. One will be stronger than the other; one be loved and the other will be ignored. If you believe that Jesus was only a man prior to his Baptism and became fully God after His ascension with glorified body and now seated at the right hand of God, Would you believe it?
We learned in our Bible that God’s children have two natures. Being born of the Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to light with spiritual life and establish our close relationship with the Father who is a Spirit. Humans produce and reproduce only human life; like trees and animals produce after its own kind. We only need to rely fully on His guidance as the Spirit of wisdom and truth that will give us strength to discern to follow the right direction. He will equip us with the Word so we must stay bold and honorable as long as we are humble and in alliance with the truth; no matter who stay on our way, whoever stands against it, the truth is more powerful than lies. Those who want to block our path will surely fail. Be alert and sober minded, because the enemy will keep attacking and moving around us restlessly. They are deprived of sleep and will keep on looking for someone to devour. We should always bear in mind that anywhere we go, we are protected because we are wearing the armor of God.
We must fight the good fight of faith. We must resist the devil and keep our faith and firmly stand on our ground in defense to any lies and deceptions as well as temptations. These are the great weapons for people that lack knowledge if not ignorance of the word of God. God will never leave till the end of our fight. The enemy will start the fight and we will finish the war for God’s word is greater than any sharp sword that the enemy have. The key to this fight is to have a mind that is focused on how Christ made his enemy flee. Whatever is in our heart and mind will show reflection that will make the enemy confuse. When we draw near to God, God will draw near to us. We must be prepared to free our mind from clutters and doubts and with pure hearts who else will be against us if they know that we are protected from head to toe.
Jesus shouldered all our sins to free us from the bondage of sin brought by one man, Adam. He made a way and cleansed the entire burden that will hinder our way to reconciliation with God the Father. He laid down his life for us. God's plan will never be changed. Nobody and nothing in this universe can stop that plan. Many believe that the Father sent the Son to die on the cross and that notion has been rejected by many believers because it takes away the glory of the Son and Jesus himself said in John10:17-18 “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.” “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17 (KJV) This word is not the Father’s decision to send the Son to save the world but the Son’s decision.
There is no usurpation of authority happened between the Father and the Son. That is how faithful the Father to His Word. When He equips us the power and authority we can freely use it against any attack by wrongdoers in heavenly place according to His will and purpose. We can enjoy exercising our free will in righteous way and any decision, action and reaction that is out of the line will have consequences. It is better to ask the Holy Spirit within you before making a move that you are not sure. He can guide us on any decision and protect us in our daily journey. If ever we need help call on His Name. When we ask we will get the answer, when we seek we will find and when we knock His heart is always open.
Here are the three prayers of Jesus Christ on the cross:
"Father forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). This prayer is an eye opener that Jesus unlocked or revealed for us that the Father who is all in all is the One that will grant forgiveness. This prayer is clearly telling us that Jesus already forgave his executioners and those that falsely accused him that brought him to death and gave forgiveness even they are not asking for it and what is significant is that it’s coming from his heart. Who among us in that situation nearing death still thought to forgive those who sinned against us? We should learn from this prayer the presence of God in time of needs and the forgiveness which is love in the fullest. His humbleness shows us the righteous way of living is to forgive. The truth always starts from the heart and not from the mouth. Jesus gives us a new life by cleansing us from the old sin passed to us from generations to generations so we can start a new beginning. How good it is to be within the Trinity.
"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34). This is the cry of the spirit in the midst of pain and suffering while hanging between the heavens and the earth and in this situation Jesus showed us that without God we neither are nothing and surely reminds us that God the Father is our refuge in time like this. No flesh can bear the pain of the body without the soul crying for help. God will not leave us nor forsake us and we always have a choice how to make our relationship work as son and God as our Father.
"Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit" (Luke 23:46). When our body got exhausted and becomes numb due to losing all the energy and hope after our body gets all the unbearable beating a punishment that only death will be hope. When the agony ends our soul stops functioning pain and sufferings cannot be felt anymore by the body the spirit is the last to depart our body and return to God the giver of life. The body will see corruption, from dust to dust; from dust the body were created, made and formed from dust it will go back. God will welcome back the spirit and the soul that did not sin will not die and will have a glorious body to have a joyful life in eternity that is called the New Heaven. Where all the negative that happened in the old earth will come to pass and will never be remembered. Goodbye world! (Emphasis mine)
The last word that Jesus uttered “it is finished” This should mean so much to us. He died on the cross for our sins, sins that turns mankind less holy and imperfect; sins that became an inheritance for all humans from the fall of one man that allow sin to enter the world. We become a good example of the perfect imperfection of mankind. We all make mistakes and no human is excuse for being human if we will try to be perfect then maybe you need to face yourself in the mirror and ask yourself who you are and maybe you may get an answer. If you will keep the belief that the original sin is still at hand then the sacrifice and redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ is void. It’s finished he said, mission accomplished. He ascended to heaven and seated on the right hand of the Father to oversee the kingdom he established on earth he will also prepare rooms that he promised to his apsotles. God wants us to be with Him. He cares for us, has a plan for us, will not forsake us, and wants us to spend eternity with Him! That is His will and definitely be fulfilled.
Let us pray. Oh most Heavenly Father, our only God and Creator, our Provider, you have given us all the blessings that we may not even deserve. Oh Lord God, you sent your Son, Jesus to redeem us from our sins because you love your children. Forgive us O Lord for our transgressions, if we have offended you and sinned against you. You are always a forgiving God, thank you O Lord for the life, for the happiness and for all the blessings that you have poured upon us. We pray to you O Lord that you continue to protect us from any sickness, this Covid 19 that has become a pandemic, that you take away this virus and allow the people working on a cure to create a vaccine. Protect all the front-liners working to fight the virus, give them faith, strength and wisdom to continue their work. Thank you O Lord and continue to bless and protect us and heal the land that you let us inhabit. All these we pray unto You to Your mighty Son Jesus and to the work of the Your Spirit within us. Amen
Gloria A Vitug - Evangelist