An Army of Angels

An Army of Angels

When Jesus was being arrested, his friends tried to fight off the mob. But he commanded them to stand down, saying, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt 26:53). Jesus could have summoned an army of angels to descend upon his captors. He could have swept the entire Roman Empire off the planet. Jesus had to power to shatter his oppressors like dishes on a stone floor. And this was what his followers wanted because they were weary from the violent oppression of Rome.

But Jesus didn’t do it. Instead of killing those guilty of vast evil, he allowed himself to be killed by them. This means he didn’t just teach about loving enemies ­—he lived it out. And he calls us to do the same.

This is much easier said than done but that does not make it impossible. Jesus didn’t stay dead. This means nothing is impossible with him.

Integrity

Integrity

I am an organ donor. So someday when I die, they may open me up.

And I hope if they do, they will find the same things on the inside that they saw on the outside.

An Iron Horse

An Iron Horse

The belief of Christianity is that God infiltrated the world he made. Jesus came to destroy sin, evil and death. The world was enslaved and he came to free us.

But we should not overlook how he came. He entered through a womb. If the incarnation was an invasion against the kingdom of darkness, we might assume God rode in on an iron horse with smoke streaming from its nostrils. It seems he should have come as a full-grown man in a suit of armor that clapped loudly against his body as he rode.

But instead God came as a baby.

Make no mistake, this was not a sign of weakness. It was just unexpected. Being born is dangerous. The vast and powerful God became a baby and thus exposed himself to the reality of physical pain and death. As Philip Yancey wrote, “A mule could have stepped on him.”

Why would the living God expose himself to death? He endured it so he could overcome it. And through him, so can we.

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