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The top of the top of God’s mountain: a new view of the Cross

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A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, December 2, 2013

“So when Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His Spirit.” – John 19:30

While I was on the mountaintop with the Father over the weekend, He showed me a new view of the Cross. God took me to the top of the top of His mountain. He said to me “there is no finite top to my mountain, as I am infinite. There is always a higher place to come to in Me. There is always a top on the top, and a top on the top on the top of My mountain.”

The Lord brought me to our study verse for today, and drew me to the vinegar, which Jesus had received. The Greek word for “vinegar,” as used in this verse, is oxos (pr. ox-os) and means “sour wine, acid” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Webster’s Dictionary defines “acid “as “a sharp, strong and critical tone; sharp, biting, or sour in manner, disposition, or nature.” This sour wine that Jesus received from the soldiers was the ordinary drink of laborers and common soldiers (VINE’S Complete Expository Dictionary © 1984).

It is important to note that many believe Jesus did not take this vinegar. The Word of God does not seem to indicate this notion. What the research tells us is that Jesus did not take the wine noted in Mark 15:23 (“And they gave Him to drink wine mingled with myrrh, but He received not”). However, He did take the vinegar which was placed on a sponge and lifted up and held up to His lips. The wine was actual wine, and the Savior did refuse it because wine has a sedative affect. And Jesus was not about to medicate His suffering; however, Jesus accepted the vinegar in order to quench His thirst; thus fulfilling the prophecy found in Psalm 22:15, which testifies of the Savior: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.”

When Jesus “received” this sour wine, He lambano (pr. lam-ban-o), meaning “to take, get hold of.” This is a very active word and by no means passive. We need to fully understand that Jesus hanging on that Cross was not a passive approach—God forbid! The Savior, while hanging on that Cross, was engaged in spiritual warfare on our behalf. The Christ was, at that moment, taking our place so that He could later become our permanent High Priest and Intercessor. The Son of God and Son of man was accomplishing for us what Adam failed to do—taking back our God-given dominion over the devil.

Matthew 11:12 shouts from the battlefield that “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” While hanging on that Cross, the Savior of the world suffered violence so that He could, by force, take back for us the kingdom of Heaven; which through Him, we once again have access to, and walk in (the first Heaven) upon this earth.

When Jesus declared “It is finished,” He completed the plan of Salvation. The word “finished” as used here is teleo (pr. tel-eh-o) which is “to complete, conclude, discharge a debt.” Jesus paid our sin-debt in full, and freed us once and for all from the authority of Satan! To God Be the Glory! No longer are we bound by the strategies, strongholds, and lies of the devil! “For who the Son sets free is free indeed!” (John 8:36).

The taking of the vinegar was so important, because what Jesus did as the Son of man and representative of the human race, was to take away our fallen and sinful nature, and to silence the accuser. The very meaning, the quintessential message of the Cross is one of a strong consistent meaning throughout the New Testament: Stauros (pr. Stow-ros), “the atonement of Christ.” Webster defines “atonement” as “the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.”

Receive the free gift of salvation through receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, my brothers and sisters. Rest in the full assurance that your eternal life has been secured and paid in full by the Savior’s sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary; and there is nothing you can do to earn it; because, as Jesus said with final completion: “It is finished.”

The Lord is saying to His children on today: “Tell My sons and daughters that they must not condemn, hate, judge, or harbor ill-will toward those who have hurt them or their loved ones, because My Son died for these. My Son died to save the lost: ALL the lost and not just some of the lost. And when you condemn any one of these, then you are condemning Jesus. When you hate any of these, then you hate My Son. When you judge any of these, then you are judging the Savior. And when you harbor ill-will against any, you are harboring ill-will against the Lamb of God Who has taken away the sins of the world, including your own sin.

Release the person who abused you physically, emotionally, mentally, and sexually. Lift up the lost soul who murdered your loved one. Pray for the person who raped you or your family member. Forgive the person who betrayed you. Pray the blessing of salvation for the person who abandoned you and your child. Do not stand in the way of My Son, Who gave His life for all. For I love them as much as I love you. And I want them to enjoy My love just as I desire you to enjoy My love.

I desire to take you to a new place in Me—a higher place. Do not allow hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, or resentment to rob you of what I have asked of you this day, and to keep you from what I am trying to do for you. I love you with an everlasting love, My child. Now come unto Me this very day and forevermore.”

Father, thank You for Your Son, and His completed work on the Cross. Thank You Jesus, for dying for us, taking away our sin, and resurrecting us with You. Help us, Holy Father, to rest in the total assurance of the finished work at Calvary. We call on You now to do that necessary work in our hearts, so that in us and through us, the Savior can be lifted up high. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we most gratefully receive the gift of salvation, which brings eternal life through the Lamb of God Who has taken away the sins of the world. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to accept the gift of Jesus Christ, and rest in its completion. Choose to walk in your salvation, relying completely on the finished work done on the Cross of Calvary. Receive the love the Father and forsake the condemnation of the world. And continue to fight the good fight of walking in the sacrifice of the Son by dying daily to self; for God, your Resurrection and New Life, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2013.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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