Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: The Target on Jesus’s Back (Pages 41-43)
When we consider Christ, all the world should know that he was pierced by the dark forces of the world… The depth of the crucifixion can be understood by Jesus being labeled as a target…We can try to picture this as Christ having a target on His back…
Key Note: Combining the symbol of the cross with the idea or design (described in the Book of Revelation-numerology and geometry…) of the New Jerusalem will help attain the “intelligence” to comprehend the crucifixion, sacrifice, and battle…
“And (Satan-the number of a man-Revelation 13:18-666-a combination of numbers: 364 helps comprehend…) shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea…”
To understand the mystery of this truth, the “invisible” battle (In the end…The “Army of One” or Jesus takes away the power of Satan and the infiltrators-who crept in unknown-limited power of the beast-reference “Lord of the Flies by William Golding”…), and and the crucifixion of Jesus, one must understand this piece of intelligence…
Key Scripture: Ephesians 6:16
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the “fiery darts” of the wicked…”
You might think of it as a dartboard, and picture someone you dislike as you throw at the circular dartboard… This helps us identify the deep symbolism of the Bible and the sacrifice that Christ made for the world… He has been pierced by all, quite possibly without many even knowing what they were doing. Remember God has been carefully watching…
Satan used deception to intrigue people into doing this to Christ. The game of darts can be fun, don’t get me wrong, because I myself have played it many times, but in reality this is a perfect picture of how the masses of people have pierced Jesus and stabbed Him in the back. This provides us with a perfect demonstration of how Satan thinks and what he enjoys doing to Jesus… Think about it for a minute.
You could think of Satan using that dart board as a “voodoo doll” in a sense… This is how the mind of Satan operates and this is what he dwells upon…. Recognize his motives. Shut he and his army down…
“And the King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did for Me.” Then He will also say to those on His left, “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Matthew 25:40-41 (niv)
We should all be mindful of this and know that Christ has so much love and wants to forgive us. But it is our job to find our own personal relationship with Him so that we can all be transformed in order to be like Him and carry His Father’s Spirit…. Remember that Christ has never empowered Himself. His empowerment has come from God and the Holy Spirit. This transformation and resurrection can only come by God the Father.
The awesome reassurance that we gain by reading this is that even though Jesus has been pierced He is willing to save those that recognize what is really taking place. He is willing to forgive even those who mocked and “harassed” Him and hated Him for what He stands for in the world. In a sense, he has already forgiven…Bowing your head before him allows Him to know that you understand…All we must do is ask Him to forgive us, and we are able to let go of the past. This is how we move on through life. This is the only way to get past all of the obstacles that Satan has created out of his evil mind. Remember how crafty Satan is in deceiving humans. He has used what people did not see in order to lead many into a trap where they have pierced Jesus.
Remember Satan uses people without knowledge or faith as instruments to destroy the world. Just as God uses those who have chosen to seek Him as instruments to carry out His work in restoring all things. Our job as disciples of Christ is to spread the truth that Jesus lives. He is very alive and visible to those who attempt to discover how He has told us that He will reveal Himself from long ago. Now some might say that this revelation is false; the masses will say this without a doubt. But it is up to those who have read and prayed to know and see the truth. No one can tell you how to do it. It is up to each person to seek it out as an adventure. Think about it as the Great Adventure. It is your adventure in seeking to discover the Holy Grail. It is your adventure to unlocking the door that leads to eternal salvation where there is no death.
“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life…”
“These shall make “war” (specifically:spiritual) with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and “they” that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful…”
Be like Indiana Jones in the last crusade and seek the truth… It is all waiting to be discovered. It is so cool to know that each person has the ability to attain this wisdom—even those who have pierced Christ, which is everyone. No one is perfect.
Romans 3:23 (niv) says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
Just do what you can. That is all that God asks—period.