Job 1:19d I alone have escaped to tell you.

This is Job’s servant, telling Job about the loss of his children. This is taken out of context with my message but it speaks so strongly to me about the death of Jesus Christ, I wanted to use it to lead off this devotional.

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Jesus Christ was the obedient servant to the will of God the Father, His death on the cross. It is this servant’s testament that is given.

1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

Looking at those who were raised from the dead, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, none of those lives were raised from the grave incorruptible. Only Jesus Christ was raised from the dead with an incorruptible body. He alone escaped death’s permanent affliction. The demonstration over death is one thing, to witness the incorruptible form is another.

Jesus escaped to tell us of what is promised, not just escape from the grave, but to demonstrate the body that is promised. It is far easier to believe the impossible if you have seen it.

Acts 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

1 Corinthians 15:6a After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once;

These appearances jump started a following that changed the world. I do not believe that all those people would have given their lives as they did if it had not been that they witnessed His resurrected incorruptible form.

Hold Hands

Psalm 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.

Yesterday we were speaking of toddlers and today I would like to continue with that image. We know that we want to encourage babes in Christ to grow. The image of walking hand in hand with a child that is just beginning to walk is implanted firmly on the minds of parents.

As they become more steady in their skills at walking they do not want to hold your hand any longer. I can remember a time when mine would jerk their hand away. They didn’t want to just walk, they wanted to run. This is the natural progression of the physical aspects of being human. What is it in the spirit?

Walk, don’t run.

Now we are no longer speaking of learning but rather relationship. Just as husband and wife walk hand in hand in love, walk with our Lord, hand in hand. In the spirit it is exactly like husband and wife walking together. There is no pulling away, there is nothing and no one that comes between you and your Lord in the spirit.

We can and do often want to take the lead and direct our walk as our eyes look ahead or are distracted by things around us. Comfort causes us to stop staring into the eyes of our love. While comfort is a good thing, it should not be forgotten we are walking with the Lord of our lives. We do not lead but sense in the spirit His leading. We do not just follow Jesus we walk in the spirit in lock step. Only our stubborn willfulness will interfere with this walk in the spirit.

Romans 8:1,4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.