Saturday, May 25, 2024

Orange Moon Saturday, May 25, 2024 “His Weakest Hour. His Finest Hour.”

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"His Weakest Hour.  His Finest Hour."  

"The devil, the world, and the flesh threw all their delusion of power at the Lord in His 'weakest' hour.  He trounced them.  In His weakness, He trounced them."

    "The weakness of God is stronger than men" (I Corinthians 1:25).

    The Apostle Paul speaks rhetorically, of course, in his affirmation that God, at His weakest, possesses infinitely greater power than humanity, at its strongest.  However, one moment in eternal history did see our Lord placed in a position wherein human beings appeared to have the upper hand.

    "He was crucified through weakness" (II Corinthians 13:4).

     The Lord Jesus Christ's experience of weakness on the cross revealed the measure of divine and human abilities.  With His hands and feet nailed to a cross, the Savior nevertheless achieved the most glorious of all divine accomplishments.  Wondrously, He made a way for God to justify sinners, while remaining righteous in His own integrity - "just and the justifier of Him which believeth in Jesus" (Romans 3:26).   Thereby, the delusion of human strength was found wanting as the hands that nailed the Lord to His cross actually became the instruments whereby His hands were shown to be powerful beyond measure.  In the hour of His direst extremity, the Lord Jesus revealed the power of God in its most wondrous capability.  "I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again" (John 10:17-18).

   We do well to remember this when our Lord's enemies seem to hold sway in venues, circumstances, and situations.  Again, with His hands nailed to a cross, the Lord Jesus "spoiled principalities and powers" and "made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it" (Colossians 2:15).  Calvary served as His finest hour (along with the resurrection and ascension to follow).  It. became the moment in time wherein He accomplished glories of grace and righteousness eternal in their scope and measure.  The devil, the world, and the flesh threw all their delusion of power at the Lord in His "weakest" hour.  He trounced them.  In His weakness, He resoundingly trounced them.  Presently, "He liveth by the power of God," sits upon a throne at the right hand of His Father, and bears "a Name which is above every name" (II Corinthians 13:4; Hebrews 1:3; Philippians 2:9).  Yes, when considering "crosses" that seem for all the world like weakness, we do well to remember our Lord's finest hour when He revealed indeed that "the weakness of God is stronger than men."

"Then saith Pilate unto Him, Speakest Thou not unto me?  Knowest Thou not that I have power to crucify Thee, and have power to release Thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given thee from above." 

(John 19:10-11)

Weekly Memory Verse

    "Thy gentleness hath made me great."

(Psalm 18:35)


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