Christ, the Cross and the Crown
The Christ, the Cross and the Crown
Anointing makes the difference between a child of God and an unbeliever. This is the grace poured forth in power as to live a Christ – like life without much difficulty, especially without the effort of the flesh.
This same anointing made Jesus lived a holy life while in the flesh; carrying out every decree of the Father, rejoicing in doing His Father’s will ( Proverbs 8:30, Hebrews 10:5 – 7). This is the reason why he was not named Jesus Joseph (Joseph being his earthly father), but Jesus Christ; based on what he did with the undeniable measure of anointing that he carried. No doubt, he fulfilled the office of the Messiah (Christ). Peter said that he goes about doing good – Acts 10:38.
Christianity is all about deeds and not much of speech. The early disciples were first called Christians at Antioch because of their deeds that look exactly like that of Jesus the Christ. The early church disciples were exact replica of Jesus Christ.
The office of Christ (the Anointed one) is an enviable one that every believer today wishes to occupy, because of the excitements that goes with it. Like laying hands on the sick, raising the dead, deliverance from demonic oppressions and hosts of others. In a short time the anointing can bring fame to the vessel due to miracles, signs and wonders (genuine ones). The same experience was recorded for Jesus thus:
‘And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.’
- Luke 4:14
Sincerely speaking, we all love this kind fame that comes from being Christ (or Christian if you like). However, there is another dimension to this fame; it is the Cross that comes together with it. Apostle Paul had to rely upon the grace of God to keep carrying his cross, which he called the thorn of Satan, despite his handkerchiefs that healed and brought deliverance to many.
Let it be known to you that there is no Christ (Christian) without Cross. Although the disciples were first called Christs (Christians) in Antioch, but Jesus had earlier said to them that, ‘ If anyone wants to be my disciple, let him DENY himself, carry his CROSS and FOLLOW Me’ – Matthew 16:24 (emphasis mine).
For the reason of the cross, Jesus knew that the Christ upon him would develop into the Cross, after about three years of ministry. James was beheaded for the same reason, Peter was led away and John was banished. All these drank from their cup as they carried their Crosses.
Beloved, there is no Christ (Christian) without a Cross, it is better if we are mature about this truth and stop running about like kids. The anointing produces the Cross also, and the Cross is the only sure way to the Crown.
The Devil offered Jesus a short- cut to the Crown, but Jesus refused the devil’s short – cut. He knew what was after the Cross, it was the Crown.
‘Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our 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
Of our entire Christian journey, the Crown is the ultimate, but the Cross is the way to the Crown. Therefore I beseech you to enjoy the Christ, endure the Cross and expect the Crown. Faithful is He that has called you, who also will do it (I Thessalonians 5:24).
Preparing the Bride,