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Angela Overton

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Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of out faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2.

The question must be asked, What kind of joy would there be hanging on a cross?

The scripture says that the joy was set before Him—the joy was youand me.

The heartbeat of God has always been for humanity, regardless of the personal price He would choose to pay at Calvary.

His heart beats ardently for the 7.65 billion people on this earth right now as He waits at the door of every person’s heart, knocking, and patiently waiting for us to answer.

The Value Of A Soul

Jesus taught that the value of a soul was more precious than anything on this earth and explains that there is joy that erupts in heaven over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:7).

Multitudes sought Jesus, and He responded to their needs. However, we find Jesus pursuing many people, one person at a time. Zacchaeus, Nicodemus, the woman at the well in Samaria, the thief on the cross, and the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, were among those who Jesus gave personal, one on one, attention to.

Weren’t we all Samaritans?
Weren’t we all thieves on the cross?
Weren’t we all sinners?

The joy that was set before Jesus as he hung on a cross, in tormenting pain, was to see you and I choose to take up our cross and follow Him.

The Heartbeat Of Jesus

God’s heart is beating for you, it is beating for your family, it is beating for your coworkers, it is beating for the broken, it is beating for the world. When He sees you, He doesn’t flail His arms in the air in anger and say, “Don’t be so ungrateful, don’t you know I died for you?” Rather, He says, “Don’t you know how much I love you? Don’t you know I endured the pain of the cross to prove my love, even if you never reciprocate yours? Don’t you know that you are my joy?”

Today, as we celebrate our Resurrected Lord, lets commit to sharing the joy of our salvation with at least one person this week.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for enduring the cross and despising the shame of Calvary for me, for my family, for the world. I am so thankful that You have given me hope for eternal life and I pray that You would lead me to someone to share my hope with. Lord, let me feel Your heartbeat for souls. Teach me how to love people like You do. Help me to see other people the way you see me, in Jesus name.

When God Speaks

Has God ever spoken to you? Maybe it wasn’t an audible voice, but have you had a moment when you have received a divine word, direction, or supernatural peace from our Sovereign Lord?

Every time God has spoken to me, I am left in awe of His love and constant faithfulness.

A few years ago I was at the most broken place in my life. I would cry out to God, “Lord, I know that you put broken pieces together, but I feel like the pieces of my life have been ground into powder. Can you put powder together again?

The Power Of Prayer

It was during that time when I attended a church conference. I went through the motions—I wore a self-effacing smile and pretended my life was perfect. But, God knew my heart… and, right now, He knows yours, too.

As I was praying, I felt someone’s arm wrap around me—it was my spiritual mentor. She began to pray for blessing, for open doors… for the usual. But then, her prayers shifted and she gave a message of tongues and then an interpretation. God spoke through her to give a broken, young woman insight on loneliness.

It was a message from God that I will never forget.

Jesus Is A Wounded Healer

God spoke, “Look at my hands, Angela. Now, look at your hands. Yours are scarred too and that’s why we walk hand in hand into this world together. I am a wounded healer and you will be too. I have been hurt by my family, I have been hurt by my friends and you have too. Do not despise your times of loneliness, for those are the times you will find me.”

After hearing those words, I wept until I was void of tears. I could not believe that a holy God spoke directly to me.

I am so thankful that Jesus is our wounded healer. Our God can heal every physical, emotional, and spiritual pain.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:3–5.

That I May Know Him

Jesus cares about your broken heart, your broken home, and the memories that you’d like to forget and He cares about the things your eyes have seen that have scarred you. He cares about the people who have left you, forsaken you, and lied to you and He desires to heal you of self-inflicted pain or pain you’ve endured from other people’s ruthless choices.

Today, give every hurt and pain over to the wounded healer, He will take care of you.

We can never get to the point where we feel entitled to a live a life without pain and suffering. It is through our loneliness when we will understand Jesus on a deeper level.

Philippians 3:10, is a scripture I pray often, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”

Prayer: Thank you for being wounded for my transgressions. It is by your stripes that I am healed, thank you for being my wounded healer. Lord, help me to understand that every time I go through a trial that it is another opportunity to build my relationship with You. I desire to help mend the brokenness of our world. In Jesus name!

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. John 19:1.

This scripture is only 8 words long, but it holds a painful story.

Crucifixion was a torturous death, but prior to Jesus being nailed to a cross to atone for your sins (and mine), He suffered agonizing pain by being scourged. Scourging is so severe that it could be fatal. It was more than just physical torment, but it was the debasement of character with the intent to belittle and demean an individual.

When John 19:1 says, “and scourged him,” it is telling us a deeper story. It is telling us the story of Jesus being whipped with leather strands that were weighted with lead, equipped with shards of glass, and pieces of bone. Scourging was intended to lacerate the skin, exposing muscle and torn bleeding tissue.

This intense beating would have left Jesus, our Savior, our King, our Redeemer, in unfathomable pain and near the point of death. Every time Jesus was whipped, it was for someone else’s mistakes, someone else’s sins, and someone else’s lies. Mine. Yours. Ours.

 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe. And said, Hail, King of the Jews: and they smote him with their hands. John 19:2–3.

Near death and in agonizing pain, Jesus is crowned with thorns, clothed in a purple robe and given a rod in place of a sceptre, which was then used as an instrument to beat Him with (Mark 15:19).

It was at this time Jesus stood up and was given His cross to bear.

Jesus had already endured so much. How could He endure more?

The rough, heavy beam, gouged into His open wounds as He began to walk a long road to Mount Calvary, where He endured even more torture and pain to bear the sins of the whole world.

John 15:13 explains it best, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his live for his friends.”

Prayer: Lord, I cannot comprehend Your love for me. You are the King of the whole earth, and yet, You robed your deity in flesh, to die a criminal’s execution. Thank you for enduring pain that I will never feel, for paying sin’s price that I could never afford, and for walking a road that I would not have been able to walk. Thank you for all the times I haven’t said thank you.