Man of Sorrows … Christ of Victory

Man of Sorrows … Christ of Victory

We have just passed through another observance of Easter Sunday. So, apart from the pretty dresses, the bunnies, the downy chicks, the chocolate rabbits and marshmallow peeps that give your children a massive sugar high that they won’t come down off of until Pentecost, how was it? Does it make a difference to you that God came down and did the most radical, un-god-like thing?

Human made gods tend to be very self-focused, egomaniacs whose whims we basically have to placate. We mere mortals have to duck to avoid their temper tantrums. They are projections of the human ego. We indeed want to be masters of the universe in this clash of the titans.

Jesus Christ is the Master of the Universe and yet he became the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 42:1-7). He is the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8), yet died the death of a common criminal (Isaiah 53:12). However, He told His disciples before His Passion (John 10:14-18) that (emphasis mine):

I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,15even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

Last Sunday, we celebrated real power; the power of the one, true living God over death and hell. He laid down his life and He took up his life again. His clash with evil won our freedom and deserves our all. The gods we create are amateurs in comparison.