Outlive your Death Sentence

Saturday, April 4, 2015

“He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother!’

John 19:17 – And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.

Donnie Hathaway sang the song years ago, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” and I often pondered what might have inspired it. Whatever it was, it took Donnie to a place we must visit at some point in our journey; the place where we are with great burden forced to carry our weighted issues alone. No one will help us here; no one can help us here. We somehow must travel this stretch alone, weighted down, beaten and bruised, numbed by circumstances that brought us here.

The Bible says that Jesus carried His cross by Himself and it goes on to say that, “He went to the place called, Place of a Skull.” What do you do when you find yourself the possessor of a heavy burden in route to a dead end; a place called ‘Place of a Skull?’ A place where you know unpleasant things will happen to you; where your problem will multiply and your pain will increase; a place with a history of death and destruction. Perhaps, it was or is a divorce court, a negative medical diagnosis, the realization of the gravity of your financial challenge or your coming to terms with the loss of a dream, hope or ambition. While not giving up, continuing will include going to a place that you rather not visit. What do you do? We do what Jesus did!

When Jesus arrived at “Place of a Skull,” He found others there and while one chided Him, one entreated Him, bidding Him to make provision for him in His kingdom. Do you remember Christ’s words to the person who was suffering along side of Him? He said, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” What do you learn from Christ’s experience?

  1. God will always have a mission in your misery.
  • Challenge may change how we do an assignment but it will never change our assignment.
  1. You are not where you are alone.
  • There are others suffering as you are. They need your knowledge of God to get through this.
  1. You can be in Paradise with Him today.
  • The word ‘Paradise’ means, a place of future happiness.

If where you are is an unhappy place, allow the Lord to enable you to reach into the future and receive now a sense of resolution to your issues and a sense of well-being. Dear friend, take the limits off yourself by taking the limits off your God. Let 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 be your meditation for the day!

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2 thoughts on “Outlive your Death Sentence

  1. Kathy Campbell

    I’m headed from good to great! Today I will follow God’s plan for me…overcoming any obstacles along the path with the knowledge that they are temporary. But I will smiling all the way to Eternal Glory! Awesome!!!! Thank you Jesus….and PT for helping us to see along the way!

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