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Victory Through Weakness

Colossians 2:14-15
…by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

The scene has been played out over the entire course of fallen human history: two great armies come to oppose one another on the field of battle. For those who would like to predict the winner of such a battle, they would carefully examine the number of soldiers, the quality and number of their weapons, battle readiness, along with any number of other factors that can best be used to determine the victor. Generally speaking and judging by merely outwards standards, the best bet would be to choose the stronger army with the better weapons.

Reckoned as Sin

2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

We live in a fallen world and the one thing we know about a fallen world is that sometimes justice and righteousness do not prevail. There are miscarriages of justice all around us and plenty of examples of the innocent being found guilty, and the guilty being declared innocent. We long for courts where righteousness dwells, but instead, in so many places, we have what the prophet Habakkuk (1:4) noted in Judah of old:

Freedom for a Christian

photo credit: SonOfJordan
When he first said it, it was not what I expected. After all, he had been behind bars for the last six years and he was now a free man on the outside with so many choices and options. As many of you at Village know, I have been visiting with “Kevin” [name has been changed] since 2009 when his sister and brother-in-law called me one afternoon in the early spring of that year. Through three trials and many visits, we spoke of what it means to be a Christian on the inside of prison and what it means to be one on the outside—no difference at all, really, except for location.