JESUS TOOK IT ALL UPON HIMSELF
AT THE CROSS – Ray E Horton
A brother wrote: “Ray, I have followed Him since my youth. I love Him, I trust Him. And yet, all I can see is, shall we say, limited success. All I can feel is “And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.” (Daniel 5:25 NKJV). I covet your prayers, my brother.
I repeat this here because I believe many Christians feel this way, and I did once. I responded:
“…Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians” (Daniel 5:25-28).
Jesus weighed in the balance for us
It’s not about you and I and our feeble efforts. It’s all about Him, and how He sees you. He looks beyond your flesh and human weakness, and sees you complete
My friend, it may feel like we are being “weighed in the balances,” since all of our success in the flesh is limited. But, as a believer, you are more than that, you are a recreated spirit loved by God, and some day, when we graduate from here, we will be made complete. And the days of the Kingdom that He has placed us in are eternal.
Meanwhile, remember that it was Jesus who was weighed in the balances for us, so be encouraged. It’s not about you and I and our feeble efforts. It’s all about Him, and how He sees you. He looks beyond your flesh and human weakness, and sees you complete.
That is why you have the strength to go on and have the joy of the Lord. It is He who has done it. “It is finished.” And He empowers us to grow up in Him through His Word and His Spirit. As we grow, we have the confidence to know that while we lack in ourselves alone, we are complete in Him.
Brother …: “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:8); so, we are “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6). That’s God’s Word about you, and He cannot lie. He is faithful. As brothers in the Lord, let us pray for one another, that we may be able to run the race with gladness all of our days.