There is no glory without the cross and there is no resurrection without death (Luke 23:33-49). Any person who wants to experience the resurrection/breakthrough has to experience death and whoever desires to experience glory must go through the crucifixion of the flesh.
People who do not experience the crucifixion and death of the flesh will become an ordinary Christian. But those who suffer crucifixion and death of the flesh will become Christians who rise up and glorify God through their lives. You want to be an extraordinary Christian?
Want to be used by God to manifest His glory? There is no other way, you have to go through the cross road! But remember! The cross is not the ultimate goal! The purpose of the cross is the death of the flesh. So when you experience the cross, make sure you die of all flesh. Otherwise, your cross experience is useless. Because there are many Christians who have suffered the cross for years but still do not die, and therefore do not experience the resurrection as well.
Only those who die that will experience resurrection. When you are crucified, make sure you say like Jesus said, “Father! In Your hands I place My spirit!” Do not try to save your life, because whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever is willing to give up his life, will find it.
In our text today, there are several things to consider in terms of the crucifixion of the flesh:
1. We experience crucifixion of the flesh not because of our misconduct or bad character.
Jesus was crucified not because of his mistake or bad character. Bad experiences that we experience due to our fault or bad character cannot be categorized as the experience of the cross. It is the consequences of our mistakes.
When you live right in accordance with the Word of God and not make mistakes or stupidity or evil, but all of a sudden you experience something bad, that’s the experience of the cross. Cross experience is designed by God for us to experience the death of the flesh so that we also can experience the resurrection and the next big breakthrough.
2. When experiencing the crucifixion of our flesh, we will experience or feel like a spectacle or become ridiculed by people (verses 35-39).
When crucified, Jesus became a public spectacle. The leaders mocked Him, the soldiers mocked and criminals crucified next to Him blasphemed Him. Such was the situation when we experience the cross.
Sometimes people around us do not do that, but we still feel it happens in our lives, so we experience an inner conflict by ourselves. At that time we feel alone and no one supports and defends us. Even Father in Heaven seems to silent.
3. When experiencing the crucifixion of our flesh, we will experience or feel as though there is darkness over the whole area of our lives (verse 44).
The crucifixion will be felt more heavily if we continue to defend our lives and not give it up. Everything seems awkward and completely confused, so we feel there is darkness over the whole area of our lives.
We cannot see God and lose our way in front of us. God seems to stay away from us. We do not know what to do but mourn, and hope that all this will be over soon.
4. The time of experiencing the crucifixion of the flesh is a good time for us to give up our lives in the hands of the Father, not defend it, or even to question and doubt the work of the Father (verse 46).
Our response that we show when we experience crucifixion of the flesh determines when it is done and what is the end result.
During the crucifixion, Jesus showed a divine response. He forgave those who caused all that happened. He also forgave the people who made fun of Him. He was not complaining and not suspecting His Father. In His whole heavy suffering, only once He asked, “Father, “My God, my God, why did You abandon Me?” But then He said, “Father! In Your hands I place My spirit!”
Want to experience a breakthrough/resurrection? Want to receive glory? The crucifixion of the flesh is the only way.
Also read: Blessed by God in All Things.