Last time around we were in John chapter six and talking about the command to do the impossible. In the same story in Mark, Jesus tells his disciples, you give the something to eat. Then in John, Jesus asked Phillip, where shall we buy bread that these may eat? Then it was Andrew who came back to Jesus and told him about the lad who had fives loaves of bread and two fish. We need to start where we are, with what we have and give all that we have to see the miraculous in our lives.
It was the American Revolution 1777 and British forces were having their way against the smaller and weaker American forces. The American forces weren’t really and army yet. They were poorly trained; morale was low and desperately lacking supplies. But George Washington was recently named the Supreme Commander of the American revolutionary army, but till the British pushed the American forces from Boston to New York and eventually into New Jersey.
By the time winter rolled around the American forces were down to a few thousand men. They were poorly clothed and with little food. The weather was no help to George Washington and his troops; the winter of 1777 was long, cold and bitter. The American Revolution was on the brink of defeat, and the Continental congress moved from Philadelphia to Baltimore.
Washington and his army could have waited through winter, hoping to get more men, more food, more clothes and more money. But Washington didn’t wait for a better time, a better day, a better opportunity. He used his smaller force to out maneuver and outrun the British. He successfully raided the British in Trenton and in Princeton, and the push to secure the American Revolution began. The American forces gave all they had, with what they had and never looked back.
Before George Washington and the American Revolution there was another war. It was the Battle for the souls of man. God looked down upon His creation; He looked down upon man, and saw the helplessness and hopelessness of all of mankind. Ever since the fall of Adam, man turned away from God. All of mankind was sinful and separated from God. All sinned and fell short of the glory of God. There was none righteous, no not one.
So God gave all he had. He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ to die upon the cross for all of mankind. While we were yet sinner, Christ died for us. Not that we loved him, but that he first loved us and gave Himself for us. He lived a perfect and sinless life while upon this earth. Then He gave Himself upon the cross of Calvary as our sacrifice; He shed His blood that we might be forgiven. For without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.
He died upon the cross, but that isn’t the end of story, rather that is just the beginning. They buried Him, and three days later, despite being guarded by roman soldiers, His tomb was found empty. He had risen from the dead. He was resurrected that we might be justified before God. The price for our sin was paid. We no longer have to be separated from God. We are no longer doomed to an eternity in Hell, for Death, hell and the grave were defeated by Jesus Christ. We can now have peace with God through Jesus Christ. We can choose life or death. We can choose Heaven or Hell. But a decision to make no choice is to choose death and Hell.
So we must repent of our sin and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other name under Heaven, given among men whereby we must be saved. Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life. He won the battle. He won the war. Victory is only found in Him, so repent and believe upon Him.
I like the words to that old hymn we sang many years ago:
OH, VICTORY IN JESUS, MY SAVIOUR FOREVER
HE SOUGHT ME AND HE BOUGHT ME WITH HIS REDEEMING BLOOD
HE LOVED ME ERE I KNEW HIM AND ALL MY LOVE IS DUE HIM
HE PLUNGED ME TO VICTORY BENEATH THE CLEANSING BLOOD!
The battle is won; the victory is sure, so start where you are, with what you have, and give it all to Jesus; then He will give you life and life more abundantly; He will give you eternal life. He will make you a new creation, and you too can hang onto that fork and know the best is yet to come.