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Failure, God's Greatest Victory

Updated on March 3, 2011

In the lonely place Jesus was made free to fail.

 

Thinking about Jesus possibly failing is very strange.

How can He, the pure Son of God, with all God’s characteristics and attributes possibly fail? Seems impossible.

 

But, Jesus was also ALL man. Man, with all his weakness, or at least with potential for weakness and physical frailties. Jesus could have failed any number of ways, humanly. And for some, in the time of Jesus, even today, He did exactly that. He did not perform the way they had envisioned that He would, so in their minds Jesus failed.

 

Yet He did not. Jesus depended on, trusted, lived and worked in the power of the Holy Spirit. And did exactly what the Father had sent Him to do, complete and to the letter.

 

Jesus, His man side didn’t have to be perfect – His God side was.

 

Whew! Is that a right statement you ask? I think it is. He was born of a very human – frail, depraved sinner – His mother Mary. She was no different from any of the rest of the Adam species. Born of her flesh, born of her blood, Jesus was completely human – yet, born completely God as well for the seed was of God.

 

Yes, that’s right; give your head a shake if it makes you feel better. I have done that a lot, but this is a fact about Jesus we, as finite minded humans, will never be able to get our minds wrapped around. We just have to accept the un-fathom-ability of this truth. It’s as hard to understand this as it is to say that word.

In my failure I am made free to find Jesus

I, on the other hand, am completely human, I am a depraved sinner. Without the way of Jesus, I would have no return to God and would, as a result, be eternally lost because of my own personal sin against God most high. Sinful and rebellious I had no justification for my personal sin to bring before Holy God to cause Him to forgive my sin and let me live. None—nothing.

 

God in His mercy knew it was totally impossible for me. I sinned before I had cognitive recognition of what I was doing. Worse yet, I sinned when I did have cognitive recognition of what I was doing! Why, because of selfishness, self-preservation, ambition, greed, and anger. I had pure selfish motives for my sin – and did them anyway. In “me” there was no power to want anything different. I was blind to the needs of others from a purely unselfish motive. I was blind to the need of allegiance to God, Ruler and Sovereign of all.

 

But God in His mercy – although He had the “right” to, -- did not leave me there – in that state of deadly selfish rebellion. In His goodness God sent His only Son to pay the price for my failure. Jesus failed in the eyes of the world so I could succeed in the eyes of God!

 

It is in lowly solitude that I discover, continually and anew, my need, and the depth of my need.

 

Power, ambition and self-advancement, the stepping stones of success with the world, are the three things that come up against hope, faith and love, the victorious results of the greatest, redeeming failure.

 

One promotes pride, the other grace and humility.

 

 

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      Unchained Grace...thanks for stopping in and having a read and being so hoest in your comment. We are blowhard failures without God and I for one am learning to rejoice in "my" failures so the I can honestly rejoice in "His" victories! Bless you my brother...Ulrike Grace

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      Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      For myself, when I see that I have failed myself or others, it is because I thought I was God all by myself and therefore I called the shots cuz I was all that and a bag of french fries. In other words, I did not seek the Kingdom of God in those early learning days.

      Ulrike, it didn't take long at all for me to see the frailties in myself. The shortcomings God exposed. It was a humbling and humiliating experience for me because back in the day I had an ego that wouldn't quit. Hey, I figured I could survive 3 tours in the Nam plus all my other little exploits. So, Mr. Attitude (that would be me) decided I could do this thing (whatever it was) on my own. I really enjoyed this Hub. Thanks!

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Amen Cristina...our way of looking at things just really have to change...

      Bless you

      UlrikeGrace

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Great hub, great insights truly throughout all our failures in this world, we could still have victory in Christ. Thank you for sharing it here in Hubpages.Best regards.

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      It is isn't it...we seem to have such short memories...nice to see you here parrster...may God's continued blessing be on you and yours

      UlrikeGrace

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      Richard Parr 7 years ago from Oz

      Thanks UlrikeGrace, always encouraging to be reminded of how gracious God is.

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Nadak, it is a blessing to have you come and visit the hubs...that is a huge encouragement to me...thank you.

      I agree with your prayer Nadak...Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, and forget not all of His benefits...daily we have to remind ourselves of the benefits God has provided us with, I go to Ephesians 1 often when I need to be encouraged and battle against the discouragement and lies of Satan.

      Bless you sis and may God's love and grace continue to grow you in His image.

      Love UlrikeGrace

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      Nadak 7 years ago

      The experience you had and the resultant humility you speak of is when the real christian life begins....I think....I have been in the place you speak of and it is amazing love and it is amazing grace...and I know why the psalmist sang bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me....Thanks for sharing...like hubby I'll call you sis Lol

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Fritz...thank you...that is a great encouragement...and I couldn't agree with you more, there is no one like God...

      thanks for dropping in for a read...Blessings to you and yours

      UlrikeGrace

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      Fritz 7 years ago

      yup ... god is pretty much the coolest dude, anyone could ever meet .....

      your writing is interesting sis ....

      Fritz

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Amen...DeBorrah...Where would all have been had it not been for the giving love of our Father. He did it all for us, what a God we serve...thank-you for stoppin in and reading and sharing from you heart...His love is big in it...

      Blessings UlrikeGrace

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      UlrikeGrace, Beautiful! There is much inner peace and security knowing: "Jesus depended on, trusted, lived and worked in the power of the Holy Spirit. And did exactly what the Father had sent Him to do, complete and to the letter." Awesome! For us He conquered sin in the flesh so we could have Eternal life through His plan of Salvation! Thank you for sharing, In His love & Blessings!

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Smireles, nice to see you here...as always according to our human way of thinking, Jesus had a very unusual life...it just doesn't "fit" worldly standard of ambition and self promotion. Yet, Jesus "succeeded" in everything he ever did...

      May you be blessed in your journey

      UlrikeGrace

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      Sandra Mireles 7 years ago from Texas

      I appreciate your unusual look at the life of Jesus Christ. Blessings!

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Moulik Mistry...thank you and may God bless you in your journey...

      RevLady...Thank you for your ever encouraging words to continue. It is God's love and grace that keeps and feeds to enable us to continue...How I would live without Him now...I do not even want to think...I wouldn't...Praise His Name for His mercy in rescuing us from sure eternal death...

      Love you RevLady

      UlrikeGrace

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      "It is in lowly solitude that I discover, continually and anew, my need, and the depth of my need."...and this keeps me kneeling at the cross of Christ.

      A beautiful testimony to the Love of God, His omnipotence and mercy. God is more than we can ever define in human terms and ever know fully. Yet, He allowed us to glimpse Him through Jesus Christ and we rejoice that it pleased Him to be mindful of pitiful man.

      Thank you UG for this uplifting meditation that has fed my soul this morning.

      Forever His,

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      Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Excellent writing, wonderful thoughts...