Before our last presidential election, President Obama stated that “Al Qaeda is on the run.” And just recently, Al Qaeda staged a public demonstration in the country of Yemen—telling the world that Islamic terrorism is stronger than ever before. Al Qaeda spokesmen declared that they will defeat THE CROSS, and that THE CROSS is represented by America; therefore America is their prime target. These words, ominous as they may be in their tragic potential, did not terrorize me one bit—because I know in my heart and mind THE CROSS of Jesus Christ will never be defeated. THE CROSS is victorious!
We are living in “perilous times”, as predicted in II Timothy 3:1. Ever since a certain couple was ousted from a garden, there have been perilous times. Yet a study of prophecy in light of world events indicates that peril on all fronts is ramping up to what may be a prelude to Christ’s return. He has defeated sin and death, through His death on THE CROSS and His bodily RESURRECTION—which we Christians will celebrate this coming Sunday, just as we celebrate THE RESURRECTION every day of our lives.
This week I’ve been musing over events leading to THE RESURRECTION of our Lord Jesus Christ: the perfidy of the crowds in Jerusalem, the travesty of evil religious leaders, the rotten political scene as exhibited in the illegal and phony trials which our Lord endured, the cruel oppression of Rome, and of course the unspeakable horrors of Jesus’ death on Calvary.
As I consider the downfall of our nation and the recent scandals which our government has largely ignored I recall how Jesus was born, lived, and died—yes, and ROSE—in the midst of a perilous, sin-ridden world characterized by evil. Yet none of that evil could defeat Him. Instead, His Word spread—and has flourished in many places over some two thousand years.
THE CROSS, always a symbol of victory, prevails. It will never be defeated or obliterated. Down through history, right up to (and including) my own lifetime, many have tried: Hitler, Stalin, myriads of angry atheists around the globe, and now Al Qaeda. Nations will crumble and fall, as portrayed in Isaiah 40: 15: “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance; behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing.” But THE CROSS will prevail!
Our Lord is victorious. He is a personal God who desires the salvation of every single person. A personal photo—just taken this very afternoon on the maternity floor of a local hospital—expresses what THE CROSS, and RESURRECTION are all about!
“The thief cometh not but to steal, and kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
THE CROSS AND THE RESURRECTION ARE ALL ABOUT LIFE! He is Risen! He is Alive! He is LIFE!
Margaret L. Been, April 2014