The Pattern

Jesus life is a similitude of what they body will go through.

His ministry begins with a baptism and a wedding ceremony, then miracles, then ministry mixed with opposition yet protected by God and unstoppable by the enemy. Then the miracles get bolder and the message more difficult to receive. Miracle ministry, then healing ministry, then He raises the dead to give them faith for what is coming.

Then He preaches and pleads with the lost openly in Jerusalem as a witness against those who would reject Him, then persecution, then crucifixion. Finally the protection of God is lifted and the enemy is allowed to overcome Him. Then what looks like defeat even though He trusted what God said. Then resurrection and we see that He actually trusted God in a level greater then we comprehended; and He was right, and the enemy is defeated.

We are the body of Christ, and what He experienced is more than the source of our redemption. It is a type and shadow of things to come, of what we ourselves as the church or the bride will go through (from the releasing of His Holy Spirit until we see revelations fulfilled) as we follow after Christ refusing to leave our husbands side. Yet does the end of His story give us faith for the end of ours also. He was resurrected and given Kingship in God’s eternal Kingdom, and us with Him, who keep believing like He did. It’s not an easy commission, but it is worth it, and Jesus proved it. Do you believe it?

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” – 1 Peter 2:21

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” – 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” – Romans 8:11

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