I just love epic movies.
Ben Hur, Braveheart, Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings –
I like the idea of an unlikely hero – an underdog.
I am inspired by victory snatched out of the jaws of defeat.
I sit on the edge of my seat, watching in horror as the hero falls – seemingly destroyed. I cringe as he is taunted by the ruthless powers of evil. I find myself looking anxiously to the horizon for the amazing rescue…
And when it comes, I find myself cheering – ready to go out and do battle myself.
The story of God’s great love for mankind is just that sort of epic story.
Just when it looks like all is lost – an unlikely hero emerges.
Born in a manger, hunted by Herod, living a quiet life for 30 years…
Meanwhile, the earth spins in its selfish, sinful ways.
And then, He bursts onto the scene. The vanquishing Deliverer that Israel had looked for, longed for – the One who would redeem their suffering, and restore their nation!
His message is not one of vengeance. He uses words like humble and sacrifice and servant. His sword does not vanquish – it pierces the heart and convicts. He does not claim a crown. He is not declared king. He is arrested, tried, condemned, and killed – crucified on a symbol of shame.
On the edge of my seat, I watch in horror as the hero falls.
Today’s "Bible Pick ‘Ems" comes in two parts – the first captures this moment:
"So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore." (Hebrews 13:12)
I find myself looking toward the horizon for the amazing rescue…
I needn’t have looked further than an empty tomb.
Did the world stop when Jesus arose from the dead? Was anyone aware of what had taken place? That history had irrevocably changed? That a Temple curtain being torn in two was really the cleaving of the human heart?
The world was quiet.
But oh, the Enemy and his cohorts knew – they saw the amazing rescue – and it sent them reeling.
Victory out of the jaws of defeat – life redeemed out of death!
And here’s the rallying cry of the undefeated ones, the conquerors through Christ, the victorious soldiers of the cross – the ones rescued by The One...
The Hero restored to His Throne –
"Now may the God of peace –
who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood –
may he equip you with all you need for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen." (Hebrews 13:20-21)
I find myself cheering – ready to go and do battle myself!
How about you?
"Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name." (Hebrews 13:15)
(Today I'm linked with Spiritual Sundays, hosted by Charlotte and Ginger, and Super Sunday, hosted by Peggy)
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