A victim yet a Savior
I always hear Christians say “I used to be a victim but now I am a victor”, and every time I hear that I ask this question in my mind, “victim of what exactly?”
Is this just one of those figurative clichés or we really do think that we were victims? Is it because we don’t have an appreciation of what Christ just did for us or in some warped type of thinking, we feel we deserved every bit of pain and suffering he had to take on, and that he had no choice but to do it? To give this mindset a pass, one would have to assume we are not referring to the salvation of our souls because if we are, then we need to reapply our minds to God’s word to truly understand his death and his resurrection.
So throughout life, we play patty cake with the devil and you know nothing with the devil comes from free. Whatever he gives, he comes to collect and even when he successfully pushes us into a lifestyle outside of God’s purpose, when the consequence of that life surfaces, he claims justification for entrapping us and dealing with us ever so severely.
So it’s not like what was coming to us before Christ showed up was undeserved, we were reaping the harvest of the seeds we sowed.
We all like sheep have gone astray, each to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all…Isaiah 53:6
Jesus Christ is the true victim here, had to leave his glory to take upon himself our sins, the weight of our foolishness cost him his life and not once did he complain.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth…Isaiah 53:7
He could have saved himself, surely he had the power to. The devil actually tried to stop him from going to the cross but he was focused, focused to complete what he had started. Focused to get our lives back from the clutches of sin and death.
He was pierced for our transgression, he was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his stripes we are healed….Isaiah 53:5
Death had no power over him even before he went into the grave for he willfully surrendered his life and now that he is risen, he is offering us that same life so that in our lives as well, sin and death will be done away with. He has returned into his glory and he invites us to come into that glory as well. If he came down to carry our sins, then we must rise and carry his glory.
Let resurrection be evident in your life, for this is heavy a price he had to pay and it would be a travesty if in your life and mine, this ultimate sacrifice is laid to waste and we do not reap the eternal benefit of his death and resurrection as now there is no other name under heaven given to man by which we must be saved.
His resurrection power affords us salvation, deliverance from the consequences of our sins, we are forever excused and set free, no more condemnation. His power also afford us grace to no longer live under sin, that sin will no longer have dominion over us, that we do not surrender our bodies to sin as slaves but that righteousness will be our new master, that our desires will be for him.
I pray his resurrection power will be effective in your life, but it is only to the extent that you let it. Let it be evident that sin is being defeated in your life, that you carry and reflect a glory that is not of this world. Let the Spirit of God be pleased to dwell in you and let him take his rightful place. For the things you have been saved from should no longer be master over you, that is the whole essence of his resurrection.
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