DayBreaks for 11/21/14 – What Evil Can’t Touch
From the DayBreaks archive, 11/15/2004:
1 Cor. 1:25 (NLT) – This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.
1 Cor. 1:27 (NLT) – Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
The mystery of the cross is mind-numbing. That the life of a single Nazarene carpenter should have affected the world the way it has defies logic. Yes, some think he was a good man, a great teacher, a wise prophet perhaps, and they put him in the same classification as Buddha, Mohammed or Moses, in an attempt to say, “See, he’s like they were.” But they’re wrong. Those folks are still in their tombs. Jesus isn’t.
But the power of God is a fascinating thing. There are two kinds of power – right-handed power which is direct and is clearly visible as power, and what Martin Luther referred to as “left-handed power”. Left-handed power may not even be seen and recognized as power to those who aren’t looking closely. It was a marvelous mix of both right-handed and left-handed power that was on display in the life of Jesus Christ, but it is largely the left-handed power that puzzles us, but which also truly changed the world in a way that we still struggle to understand.
In his book, Parables of the Kingdom, Robert Farrar Capon wrote about this left-handed power: “Left-handed power, in other words, is precisely paradoxical power: power that looks for all the world like weakness, intervention that seems indistinguishable from nonintervention. More than that, it is guaranteed to stop no determined evildoers whatsoever. It might, of course, touch and soften their hearts. But then again, it might not. It certainly didn’t for Jesus; and if you decide to use it, you should be quite clear that it probably won’t for you, either. The only thing it does insure is that you will not – even after your chin has been bashed in – have made the mistake of closing any interpersonal doors from your side.
“…when you come to think of it, it is power – so much power, in fact, that it is the only thing in the world that evil can’t touch. God in Christ died forgiving. With the dead body of Jesus, he wedged open the door between Himself and the world and said, ‘There! Just try and get me to take that back!’”
Straight-line, or right-handed power, may be exercised by those who attempt to make converts to a religion by the edge of the sword. And while the numbers of their followers may grow, they’ve not really made converts in the heart. Therein lies the great mystery of Christ: through his left-handed power that looked for to all the world as total weakness and lunacy, hearts have been changed. People have been reborn. Pasts have been washed away. It is a mystery that takes place in the heart – where for a long time only God can see it growing. But the martyrs died with songs on their lips and glory in their hearts while their souls were far from the touch of evil. May we know his left-handed power in all its fullness today!
PRAYER: Lord, if not for your great victory, we are all defeated! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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