Monday, December 19, 2011

Born to Redeem the Sons of Earth: "Avenge me of my adversary"

1And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Sometimes we forget that Jesus was born into the earth to avenge us against our adversary. He is a Saviour and a Deliverer. Not only does He save us from sin but because of Jesus Christ, "the prince of this world" is judged.

It is interesting that Jesus equates praying to God with a poor wounded disadvantaged widow asking God for justice. We often come to God with the words "grace" and "mercy" on our lips. It terrifies us to ask for justice. But is it too much to see that Jesus is aware that people on earth are under the bondage of a cruel oppressor? Even when Jesus destroys the works of the devil and redeems us out of the hand of the devil, we still have to wrestle against principalities and to fight the good fight of faith.

Pharoah, who typifies Satan, did not easily let God's people go. Even after all the gods of Egypt were judged with terrible plagues, Pharoah still would not let the people go. Even after the people were freed in the Passover, Pharoah pursued them. It's that way with Satan.

Yet Jesus has conquered the world. And we will conquer it with out faith. We have to hold on to our belief in this aspect of Christ's work. Jesus HAS conquered Satan. He was born to conquer sin, sickness, and the devil. Therefore as we pray to God, let us pray that God's will be done! Let us pray that the victory Jesus won on the Cross will be reflected in our own victory over sin, sickness, and our many adversaries. The kingdom of heaven is taken by fervency, and the fervent take it. And how can we be fervent? Because we know the son of God -- the awaited redeemer of Man-- has redeemed Humanity. Therefore we pray that the greatness of Jesus' salvation will be shown in our lives, in our bodies, in our spirits. We fight the good fight and hold on until we see the manifestation of the Lord's speedy answer to our prayer. Remember God had speedily answered Daniel's prayer three weeks before Daniel received the answer to the prayer. But Daniel kept on keeping on because he knew the Lord was his deliverer and the avenger of Israel.

We should hold on and persist as that widow woman did because Jesus has brought us justice and power against the evil one. He came into this world to save sinners. From death. From hell. From the Adversary.

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