His Death In Us

August 2, 2013

When we read about the life of Christ in the scriptures, we are not simply reading about someone who lived on the earth two thousand years ago.  Rather, we are reading about someone who is currently living on the earth today.  

The same life of Christ we have read about in the scriptures is currently being relived through our very own bodies.  

This is both a glorious and brutal reality.  This means that not only do we experience His glorious life, we also experience the brutality of His death.  This death is not a one time only affair, rather, this death is ongoing.  Sometimes it comes in seasons.  The degree to which we experience the glory of His resurrected life will be the degree to which we experience the brutality of His death.  

I’d like to leave you today with the words of His death. They are brutal words.  Today, maybe your spirit is experiencing His death together with Him.  If so, these words may bring you comfort.  What you are feeling is what He feels.  You are not alone…

My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? 
Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.

O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer;
And by night, but I have no rest.

Yet You are holy,

O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
In You our fathers trusted;
They trusted and You delivered them.

To You they cried out and were delivered;
In You they trusted and were not disappointed.

But I am a worm and not a man,

A reproach of men and despised by the people.

All who see me sneer at me;
They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying (mockingly),
“Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him;
Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”

Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb;
You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts.
Upon You I was cast from birth;
You have been my God from my mother’s womb.

Be not far from me, for trouble is near;
For there is none to help.

Many bulls have surrounded me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

They open wide their mouth at me,
As a ravening and a roaring lion.
I am poured out like water,
And all my bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It is melted within me.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
And You lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs have surrounded me;
A band of evildoers has encompassed me;

They pierced my hands and my feet (and my heart).

I can count all my bones.

They look, they stare at me (with pity & disgust);

They divide my garments among them,
And for my clothing they cast lots.

But You, O Lord, be not far off;
O You my help, hasten to my assistance.
Deliver my soul from the sword,
My only life from the power of the dog.
Save me from the lion’s mouth;
From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me.

I will tell of Your name to my brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
You who fear the Lord, praise Him;
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.

For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from him;
But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.

-Psalm 22:1-24

With you in His death,

Jamal Jivanjee 

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14 responses to His Death In Us

  1. “The degree to which we experience the glory of His resurrected life will be the degree to which we experience the brutality of His death.” So true, bro. Great post.

  2. Jamal,

    I was just reading this Psalm this morning. The reason I read this one, particularly, was because I felt the Lord said to read Psalm 22 (funny huh?). This is exactly the thoughts I had concerning His death being our death.

    Go ahead, look on my blog’s facebook page…it says a shorter version of this. Amazing how connected the saints are even 10 hours away!

    “This is both a glorious and brutal reality.” Nailed it.

  3. Only when we join Him in His death can we fully experience His life within us. Thanks for this reminder!

  4. In all we experience, be that suffering His rejection, weakness or persecutions, there is one thing that presses us on together in Love: to know Him.

  5. Brother this is everything in my heart and oh how brutal it has been. When I cry out to Him and ask Him where is His rest for me all I can cling to is that He is Holy. It is all that I know right now. I am knowing Christ and nothing else.

  6. ‘death’ is so becoming ‘in’ His bride

  7. Just about the time you think you have successfully died in Christ he will put to death another part. That is His constant ceaseless work in us! Our own stories in Christ are constantly brought into a revelation of His life … our lives constantly retelling His story.

    Great post, brother!

  8. “…if we die with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him…”

    Thanks for sharing this, Jamal.

  9. David Breakeronenine Carothers August 6, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Amen, unless a kernel of wheat is buried in the ground there will be no life or growth. Love it bro, sharing.

  10. Bro, I can’t even begin to tell you how deep this outcry to the Lord from Psalms is hitting me at this time. Thanks for putting it out there.

  11. Jamal,
    Thankyou for sharing this. It was this exact passage that brought comfort to me in the years of experiencing a death of sorts, spiritually and emotionally. Your post reminds me now of how far into the depths our Lord is willing to go to bring about resurrection life, and I am so thankful. Thankful that this death is worked in us that we may experience new life.

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