Thursday, May 10, 2018

Death Destroyer

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

I’ve only watched one episode of it. I’m talking about the TV show “Undercover Boss.” I thought the premise of the show was interesting, but it didn’t hold my interest long. It’s about company bosses that disguise themselves as regular employees to learn what the employees think about them and what their day-to-day jobs are like. Maybe it was the disguise that did it in for me. I thought, “How could those employees be fooled. The disguise looks like the Groucho Marx glasses and mustache toy!” I did appreciate, however, how they came to better understand their employees, making them better bosses as a result. 

Now, I realize there is no real comparison here, but that show somewhat reminds me of what Jesus did when He came to earth. The Apostle Paul, in writing to the Philippian Christ followers, told them that Christ was God Himself, but He came to earth [2.6-7]. That is what theologians call the incarnation

The author of Hebrews talks about the reason the Son became flesh; that He could fully relate to us, the chosen, and to call us brothers and sisters [2.11]. What an encouraging thought!

But wait. There’s more! He didn’t merely come to display humanity, He also came to die and rise again. And through the resurrection, He displayed His ultimate power over sin and death [Hebrews 2.14-15]. That’s the Gospel; He shattered death and destroyed the power of Satan. 

Because of that, we now may live in a new reality: If the Death Destroyer is for us, who, then, can be against us! [Romans 8.31]

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Hebrews 2.14

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