His Pain, Our Gain

At the end of the movie, “Braveheart”,  Mel Gibson’s character, Sir William Wallace, refuses to take a drug offering to help numb his suffering during his upcoming execution.  He knew that he needed to have his senses about him if his sacrifice was to inspire a nation to unite and rise-up against its tyrannical ruler, King Edward I of England.  Sir William, a devout Christian, was taking a page from the Bible and his ultimate Savior, Jesus Christ.  Jesus, while suffering on the cross, refused to drink the myrrh and gall offered to him at the end of the spear.  He knew it would numb His pain and ease His suffering.  But, He needed to take the full power of His suffering in order to inspire and create a Nation.  When Christ returned from the grave, He sealed His Nation forever.  Now, we are “positionally”-sanctified by Christ’s Cross and we continue through life to be “progressionally”-sanctified by our individual Walks of Faith.  The early Christians knew this, because they were there for the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ.  They saw the blood red moon and experienced the global earthquake when Christ gave up His Spirit.  They saw the Miracles and heard the Disciples talk to each of them in their native languages while fire danced over their heads.  It is estimated that over 2 million Christians were martyred by 313 A.D.  They might have been spared had they proclaimed that Jesus was not the Messiah, but they knew better.  And, so do we.  Just like Sir William, we can cry “Freedom” during our pain, because Christ has already opened the Gates of Heaven for all of us who believe in Him.  While the Gates are opened, let’s continue to encourage each other to grow in our Faith together as we “progress” through our own Walks with God.  Christ will carry us if we only ask.  “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”  Psalm 145:18

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