Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Come home, Son!

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Col 2:15)

           Recently, I read a briefing from Time magazine concerning Joe Paterno. I know that he was involved in a controversial situation and I do not know the details of it, but I do know that he was sick and died of cancer. What called my attention was the words of his son, Jay, when he said-"Dad, you won. You can go home now!"(*) The Lord spoke to my heart on how this applied to us today!
          One example was Jesus! He was the second person of the Godhead. He was, also, the second and last Adam. Faithful till the end, he endured persecution, humiliation and the death of the cross! When he died at the cross, he went straight to hell to finish paying our debt and did battle with demonic principalities! 
           This was a crucial battle, because a lot was in the balance. Abraham's bosom was across, separated by a large chasm. If Jesus were to lose this battle, the souls of the Old Testament saints would be in jeopardy and in danger of eternal damnation. Thank God he won. Remember the old Batman and Robin TV series? There was POW! There goes sickness and disease! Sock!! There goes poverty and lack! Bam! There goes sin! 
              All those clowns stood there naked and stripped of their Armour. As he paraded them across the very pit of hell, the cheers of the Old Testament saints must have been deafening! I can imagine King David dancing a radical dance before the Lord!! Then, Jesus crossed the chasm, gathered the saints and heard -- "Son, you won! You can go home now!
                 So, our Lord Jesus has finished the work and is seated at the right hand of the Father! Is he, just, sitting down idle? No, he is interceding for us because he knows that we live in a fallen world! We are doing battle with Satan in the arena of the mind. We are facing financial challenges and health issues, but there is GOOD NEWS! We have a battle manual that will guide us to victory. A battle manual that has the chart for our life! Our battle manual is the Bible-The word of God!  As we go from victory to victory-We shall hear the Father's voice-"Son/Daughter, you won! You can go home now!" 

(*)-Time magazine-Feb 13,2012.
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