CHARACTERISTICS OF STRENGTH
I PETER 5: 10, 11
JESUS CHRIST has personally summonsed you to heaven. Not only
does He want you to come to heaven He proposes to give you
strength for the journey.
He desires to ESTABLISH - STERIZO, the believer. That is, He
wants to build up the believer. This word has three basic
meanings in the New Testament.
PERSEVERANCE - Luke 9:51, "Jesus resolutely set out (sterizo)
From the beginning He saw the ending of His life. As He
approached Jerusalem He was very mindful that His hour had come
and Calvary awaited. He had no ambition for the agony of
crucifixion as is evidenced by His withdrawal to Gethsemene. He
had no appetite for the spiritual warfare Gethsemene afforded.
Yet, He resolutely determined willfully to go to Jerusalem. He
needed strength to fight against natural human reluctance. Each
step along the road to Jerusalem represented a separate act of
the will. Each separate act of the will represented a triumph
over the reluctance of the flesh. In Him, in this act, was true
heroism. Every one of His footprints is worthy of our study.
From His example we learn.
A. We should never shrink from the path of duty regardless of
the obstacle. Once you know what is right, do it regardless of
the cost. It was said of Joan of Ark, "She set her path and went
down it like a thunderbolt."
B. Such uncompromising commitment should not expect
anyhospitality or help from a hostile world.
C. Such resolute response impresses and inspires others.
Immediately before He started out for Jerusalem He had exhorted
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