“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe according to the working of his mighty power” – Ephesians 1:16-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: In the death of Jesus, we see the triumph of mankind over the authority of the devil.
In Luke 24:25-26, Jesus has this to say “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” The words of Jesus in this Luke’s account which is the same as Apostle Peter’s words in 1Peter 1:10-11 has categorized what Jesus did for man into:
- Sufferings (his death and burial).
- Glory (his resurrection and exaltation).
The death of Jesus represented how the devil was going to be stripped or disarmed of his authority. Hence, Hebrews 1:14-15 in the Passion Translation says “Since all his children have flesh and blood, so Jesus became human to fully identify with us. He did this so that he could experience death and annihilate the effects of the intimidating accuser who holds against us the power of death. By embracing death Jesus sets free those who live their entire lives in bondage to the tormenting dread of death”. Paul in Colossians 2:15 now announce “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it”. The death of Jesus was triumph for mankind. All Jesus did was for man. Hence, Jesus suffered and entered into his glory for man. The word “glory” which is “doxa” in the Greek implies weight, power, influence, authority. “The glory that should follow” (Luke 24:26) implies the kingdom, the authority that followed the death of Jesus. Jesus rose and made this statement in Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”. Jesus never said this until he rose. Therefore, by his death and resurrection, all authority was given to him. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: See Jesus!
CONFESSION: I declare that my eyes are fixated on Jesus’ death, burial and the glory for me, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The death of Jesus was triumph for mankind.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2 EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2