About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
I borrow the theme
and the title to this article from one of my favourite Christian songs
from the 1990's. Wes King's
"Magnificent Defeat" was recorded on his 1997 "A Room Full
Of Stories" album.
Imagine yourself a
disciple of Jesus standing before the cross.
You're sickened to see His decrepit bloodied body, but it was what
Isaiah 52:14 predicted when it said that Jesus' body would not be
recognizable as being human. Why
it has to be this way is confusing to you.
The man you loved, cried with, laughed with, trusted, and believed
to be your nation's Messiah has just died a pathetic death.
The authorities killed Him as if he was a petty thief.
Stricken with grief, fear, and unbelief, depression deadens your
now saddened soul. You walk
away in disappointing defeat. What
you fail to realize is that this apparent defeat is the ultimate universal
victory. It's a
You soon understand
Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, and other prophetic passages, had been predicting
Jesus' death all along. You
recall Isaiah 53:10. It was
God's will to crush Jesus, cause Him to suffer, and make His life to be an
offering for sin. From the
cradle to the cross, His earthly existence was a sacrificial offering unto
God, and all for you. He lived
the righteous life on your behalf and died a sinner's death on your
It was God's will
that Jesus would become sin while on the cross as you'd later learn from
the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Jesus' body was so riddled with humanity's sin that He became
unrecognizable. Isaiah 52:14
predicted it right after all. Your
grief, fear, and depression is now being replaced by joyous thanksgiving.
It's difficult for you to understand the totality of it all, but
the cross of Christ has changed your life, and has done so forever.
What appeared to be a dreadful defeat was the ultimate universal
victory. It was one
magnificent defeat, but there's another defeat to be realized, and it
concerns you. As Jesus carried
His cross to His death, in similar fashion, you decide to take up your
personal cross that brings you to the point of personal death.
Jesus gave His life for you. It's
your turn to give your life for Him. Jesus
rose from death to serve you. You rise from death to serve Jesus.
Your death to self is a magnificent defeat.