Victory Through the Victor (continued)
Two Hours in God's Calendar Crisis - Climax (continued)
From the birth of the Child Jesus there had been a supreme "must" in His life (Luke 2:49; John 3:14).
"This hour" was an eternal necessity in God's eternal purpose. Calvary was Christ's supreme "must": an inescapable "must," for otherwise He could never have prayed, "Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee," for He could not have said: "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do" (John 17:1, 4). "For this cause came I unto this hour." But for what cause? He Himself tells us:
John 12:31-33: Now is the judgment of this world: Now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. But this he said, signifying by what manner of death he should die.
"Now" is "the crisis" of this world. "Now" I will be lifted up out of the earth by crucifixion on the Cross. "Now" shall the prince of this world be cast out. "Now" the victory bells will ring throughout the whole world where both Jews and Gentiles live. For "now" the "Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" has fulfilled the eternal purpose of God. "Your hour" and "My hour" have met in "this hour."
The Crisis of the Cross
"This hour" - the hour of the "cosmic clash" between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, when one or the other must win out once for ail in an irrevocable, irreversible victory.
"This hour" of the double bruising on the Cross, where the Saviour will be crucified but satan will be cast out in utter defeat and destruction.
"This hour" - when God's atomic bomb, "the blood of the Lamb," struck the deathblow to this archenemy of God: to his "principalities and powers and to the world rulers of this darkness."
"This hour" - when the celestial Haman will be destroyed upon the gallows he plotted for the well-beloved Son.
"This hour" - when the Stronger Man bound the strong man and wrested from him every vestige of his right to domination and power over the earth and mankind.
"This hour" - when the VICTOR cried with a loud voice, "IT IS FINISHED." Man's redemption has been accomplished (Ephesians 1:6, 7).
Christ's overthrow of satan, the triumph over the principalities and powers, the destruction of satan's works have been accomplished. (Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8).
"This hour" - the sublimest hour in the history of Deity: the darkest hour in the kingdom of darkness, the crucial hour for the human race; the pivotal hour in the outworking of God's eternal purpose through His eternal Son; the decisive hour in the age-long conflict of the two thrones at war; the V-satan hour in heaven, upon earth and under the earth.
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