A LOOK INTO
THE PATIENCE OF CHRIST

I have written this devotional in hopes that it
will stimulate you to meditate on the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ



"Be like Jesus this my song in the home and In the throng;
Be like Jesus all day long, I would be like Jesus. "

And so goes the song. But is this not the very purpose of God the Father for our lives. We read; "For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son." Romans 8:29

Many of us, perhaps most of us, not only know this verse but have memorized it and have tucked it away in the spiritual arsenal of our hearts. Yet how much do we really know about the One of whose image we are being conformed to. Have we dared to venture out beyond the handful of stories we learned as children and like Peter, have asked to be called out into the deeper truths concerning Christ' nature and His person?

I promise you, if so desire, this is what God can and will on our behalf. You will soon discover that such a knowledge and relationship is available and yet it does not come without significant cost. Listen to what the personal account of the Apostle John; "I, John, who also am your brother and companion in the affliction, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was {banished} in the island that is called Patmos, for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev 1:9

The Patience of Jesus. What is it? What does it look like? How does one attain unto it? Peter gives us a glimpse into this "Queen" of graces; "For what glory is it, if, when ye sin, and are buffeted for it, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye shall take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For to this ye were called, because Christ also did suffer for you, leaving to you an example, that ye may follow his steps. Who did not commit sin, nor was guile found in his mouth, who being reviled--was not reviling again, suffering--was not threatening, and was committing himself to Him who is judging righteously" 1Pe 2:20-23

Think of the many times Jesus suffered injustice, not only from the religious leaders but from His very own family. His mother as well as His brothers thought at one point He was out-of-His-mind. On other occasions He was branded as being illegitimate. In addition to all of this He was accused of being paranoid and demon-possessed. Yet in all of this, He faithfully and patiently pursued the Father's will.

Even when it came to standing before His accusers facing the cross we read this of Him. "He was abused and punished, but he didn't open his mouth. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. He was like a sheep that is silent when its wool is cut off. He didn't open his mouth. He was arrested, taken away, and judged. Who would have thought that he would be removed from the world? He was killed because of my people's rebellion." Isa 53:7,8

Amazing, the very Creator, being made to "answer before mere man", did not threaten punishment, neither did He call down the Angels of Heaven to intervene on His behalf, nor did He cry out to the Father to pour down wrath upon His enemies. No not so much as a retort came from His lips. The Book of Matthew tells us concerning Christ, He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. Mat 12:19

What was Jesus secret to His patient persevering? We read of Him, "I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.". John 8:28. No wonder why we're exhorted in Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

Well, not only did Christ show patience in His sufferings, but He also exercised the same fortitude in His tempations. One of the greatest pressure and deceptions of the Devil is to not only get us to act on our own authority but to encourage us to "get ahead of God or to help Him out with His plan for our lives." We can see this in the beginning of Jesus earthly ministry.

"Again doth the Devil take him to a very high mount, and doth shew to him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them {in a moments time}, and saith to him, `All these to thee I will give, if falling down thou mayest bow to me.' Then saith Jesus to him, `Go--Adversary, for it hath been written, The Lord thy God thou shalt bow to, and Him only thou shalt serve." Matt 4:8,9

Had Jesus not been willing to endure and exercise patience in this temptation the cross would have been short-circuited. Have you ever been tempted to take short-cuts?. Perhaps even this moment the Tempter is pressuring you to give in or take matters in your own hands. It is here we need to take great care and caution to persevere just as Christ did. The Apostle Paul exhorts us in Phillippians 2:5-8,

"Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross."

It was through Jesus' patient endurance that He was able to triumph over the enemy and become our High-Priest and Intercessor. "For He Himself having been tempted in what He suffered, He is able to help the ones being tempted. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" Hebrews 2:18. 4:15,16

There's no way around it, trials and tribulations lie in the way to the kingdom. We need the "patience of Christ" to endure whatever may come our way. Like Christ we must meekly bear all things knowing that these only come our way to help fill up what is lacking in our lives as far as our being "conformed into His image. "Now I rejoice in my sufferings on your* behalf, and I am filling up [or, completing] the [things] lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body, which is the Assembly." Col 1:24

As far as the Apostle was concerned, " he felt that it was an object to be earnestly desired to be made in all respects just like Christ, and that in his present circumstances he was fast filling up that which was lacking, so that he would have a more complete resemblance to him. {selected}

Don't be surprised if the God of patient endurance leads you, His child to this very thing. In fact the following words of exhortation serve as a reminder just how terribly deficient we are in this area. "Therefore, you shall not throw off your confidence [or, joyful
sense of freedom], which has great reward. For you have need of patient endurance, so that having done the will of God, you* shall receive the promise. Hebrews 10:35-36

Let us look to the example of the Author and Finisher of our Faith. It is to Him we should be continually asking, seeking, and knocking. And let us also be hungering and thirsting for the very grace He desires to work in us, THE PATIENCE OF JESUS CHRIST.

Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us; looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against himself, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin: Hebrews 12:1-4


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