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Designated "Cross" People

John 19
Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.

Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;
 and went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 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: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gab'batha.

And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
Jesus' designated "cross" people were as follows.

After Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights, Satan, tried to tempt him to sin in the wilderness.

Herod, who tried to kill Jesus when he was a baby, ordered the killing of all male children two years old and under.

Judas betrayed Jesus to the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver ($3,840).

Caiaphas, the high priest, the chief priests, elders, and all the Jewish Sanhedrin (high court) conspired together to put Jesus to death, because he confronted and challenged their political and religious power constructs, causing the people to turn away from their Jewish rulers and religious leaders.

The Sadducees and Pharisees, enemies to one another, and  wealthy aristocratic priests, united as one in an effort to destroy Jesus because he called them wicked adulterous hypocrites and warned the people to beware of their teaching.

Scribes or lawyers who accused Jesus of blasphemy when he said to the paralyzed man, "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee" (Mark 2:5-7). The scribes then said, "Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?" Jesus plucked ears of corn on the Sabbath day, and told the Pharisees that he is Lord of the sabbath also, no doubt causing them to bristle at his bold audacity. 

And again Jesus was teaching in the synagogue on the sabbath day and there was a man there with a withered hand, so the scribes and Pharisees watched Jesus to see if he would heal on the Sabbath day. When he healed the man's withered hand Luke 6:11 says, "And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion because the Jewish leaders and crowds wished him to do so, even though he found no fault in him, but the chief priests, the rulers and the Jewish people chose Barabbas, a murderer who incited sedition against the Roman government, to be released as was customary at the time of Passover, instead of Jesus the son of God. 
Designated "cross" people, unbeknownst to them, are on assignment from God to assist you along the way to your purpose. Jesus' purpose was to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world, for the sins of the people who had not yet been born, you and I, and all those who will come after us.

Divine purpose cannot be accomplished without the prerequisite pain and suffering. Consequently, there are "cross" people allotted to you that will be a catalyst to the fulfillment of your destiny. 

The cross of pain and suffering, humiliation and despair, the Gethsemane moment of your life in finite time, is reached on the stairways of death, one step at a time, as we endure wilderness experiences where we are tempted by the devil at our weakest point, betrayed by "friends", endured lies and hatred, ostracized because we are the sons of God, and as such choose to live our lives according to the Word of God, and in so doing we confront the established sin construct, Satan's kingdom, brick walls of deceit and degradation that refuse to crumble in the face of the truth and righteousness of God.

The process is called crucifying the flesh, and until everything that would hinder the fulfillment of our purpose in this life dies in us, God will always send "cross" people our way, which forces us to run into God, via prayer always, in order to get the strength we need to endure the death of our flesh, and to go through the Gethsemane moments in our lives, rising above the pain and suffering, doing what is right in the eyes of God, choosing to obey his will for our lives, letting go of everything and everyone that would hinder our purpose as a matter of course, to fulfill our destined crucifixion of the flesh, to rise from the death of our flesh to become a temple that God can inhabit for his divine purpose in our lives.

So then when you are faced with your designated "cross" people be glad for them, because as long as they are tormenting you, trying every conceivable thing to destroy you, to undermine you, to literally wipe you off the face of the earth while using and abusing you simultaneously, then you know that you are walking towards your divine purpose, and that your life is aligned with the will and timing of God.
We have to handle our "cross" people the same way Jesus did, basically as though they were of very little consequence. Simply by the fact that they are your designated "cross" people signifies that they are in Satan's camp and are about to have a collision with Divine Judgment, God who knows everything, and from whom nothing is hidden. Light and dark is the same to God, consequently, there are no hiding places. Not even the thoughts and intents of the hearts of humankind are hidden from God. He sees our thoughts afar off, before we can even compose them in our minds.

We must endure our valleys of sorrow, our Valley of Achor, until God opens wide the door of our languishing hope, and bring us into the promised land of purposed fulfilled, our hope enlivened, our dreams come true, our joy finally fulfilled. And we will be like Christ when he rose from the dead having gone through the pain and suffering of the cross, his purpose now fulfilled, his joy unspeakable. So we must go forth marching towards and through our trials and tribulations until we too can say, it is finished!
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