THE GREATEST BATTLE BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE
17th July, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE GREATEST BATTLE
Matthew 26:38-44 (NKJV)
 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?  Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”  And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
We discovered in our previous devotion, that, God’s intent, since the fall of man, has been to make our bodies His dwelling place. We saw that there’s no love that can compare to this kind of love; whereas we should have perished, God chose to make something useful out of us. Glory to His Name forever!
For our bodies to become the dwelling place of the Most High God, we needed to be holy on the inside; because, the Holy Spirit cannot dwell in an unholy vessel. Unfortunately, Adam inherited the sin nature when he disobeyed God, and passed that nature to all his descendants. It was humanly impossible to make us holy on the inside, because, no human descendant from Adam, had blood, holy enough, to wash away our sins; and the universal law of God is that, there’s no remission of sins without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). This is the reason why Christ was born! This is what He lived for; and this is what He shed His blood for. This is the reason why Christ was in all points tempted like as we are, yet He never yielded to sin (Hebrews 4:15). Had Christ known sin, His blood would have been contaminated, and wouldn’t have been efficacious to wash away our sins.
The greatest battle was when Christ came face to face with the reality of carrying our sins into His spirit-man; His will collided with the Will of the Father. It was the greatest battle because, had Christ been permitted by the Father to do His own Will, He wouldn’t have gone further to die on the Cross; and had He not gone to the Cross, we would have perished in our sins. But glory be to God, our theme Scripture gives us a picture of this battle; Christ was to drink into His spirit-man the cup of iniquity; He was to be made sin for us, who knew no sin (2Corinthians 5:21). Christ dreaded this moment so much, because, the sin nature in His spirit-man was going to cut Him off from the Father, whom He had been in constant and continuous fellowship with. Left to Him alone, the Father should let this cup pass over Him; but thank God, He submitted His Will to that of the Father. That was when the greatest battle was won; and that was when it became possible for the only stainless Blood to be shed for the remission of sins.
Now, through the shed Blood of Jesus, we have been made holy on the inside; so holy for the Holy Spirit to make our bodies His dwelling place. This could never have been, had Christ not won the greatest battle for us, by submitting His Will to the Will of the Father. Praise God for the victory we have in Christ Jesus.