the paradox of promotion – pt.3
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds onto life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”
-Jesus (John 12:24-25 The Message)
I hope your spirit is stirring as mine is.
Gethsemane is the place of consecration…Jesus first consecrated Himself unto the plan and purpose of His Heavenly Father. We must consecrate ourselves unto His perfect will.
Lets go deeper as we look at the second strategic moment in Christ’s process of promotion…
The Golgotha Place
The second tree. Adam indulged the flesh with the first tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the one tree God said he could not have. Christ crucified the flesh on the second tree, the cross of Calvary, the one tree that God could not avoid.
Golgotha was the name of the hill on which He was crucified. It’s defined as “the place of the skull.” The imagery is so rich; some have said that the hill itself actually had the similitude of a skull.
Golgotha is absolutely the place of death; it is the place of the crucified life.
The agony of this place is hard to imagine. It was at this place where our Lord endured. The writer of Hebrews said it like this…
“..looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV).
Too often, we the body, try to negotiate with our flesh. We struggle with fleshly desires and attitudes. But the Bible gives only one clear way to handle the flesh – crucify it.
I find it interesting that this place is called the place of the skull. I am convinced that the battle for the crucified life begins and ends in the mind. Paul explained this to the Philippian church when he wrote,
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, [and] coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to [the point of] death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV).
Let this mind be in you…humility and obedience to the point of death.
More food for thought: if I don’t die to myself then does Christ fully live in me? Could this be why Paul said,
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 NKJV).
The crucified life is critical to following The Crucified One. Christ, Himself said,
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23 NKJV).