DayBreaks for 3/19/18: Fit to Stand in White Robes
From the DayBreaks archive, 2008:
Power. How we are fascinated, yet sometimes revolted by it. We are a species fascinated by power. We woke up this morning in a world infatuated with it, and yet also a world where many are terrified of it. Power will be exercised today in your home, in your school, on the playground, in courts, businesses, hospitals, in the halls of political power. Some will use their power this day to abuse and mistreat other human beings – lording their power over them in the cruelest ways possible. Others will use their power to feed hungry bodies, comfort broken souls and hearts, to dig wells to quench thirst.
To the human eye, it appears that evil is winning. Good seems to be on the scaffold, while evil sits enthroned in the hearts of men and spiritual beings throughout the universe. Our very own experiences reveal the persistence of the power of evil. One must question (especially at times when we are suffering from the slings and arrows of evil) what will rule the day.
In the first century, if a boxing announcer had been present during the trial of Jesus, he might have said something like this: “In this corner, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, the undefeated, invincible, indomitable Roman Empire! And in the other corner, a Galilean carpenter in his first professional fight, Jesus of Nazareth.” It appeared to all present to be no contest. No one was betting on Jesus. Rome and their mighty army looked to be a sure winner. Even Satan, hidden from view, appeared to heavenly forces to be on the edge of yet another victory over righteousness and holiness. But things aren’t always what they appear to be…
“There is wonderful power in the Cross of Christ. It has power to wake the dullest conscience and melt the hardest heart, to cleanse the unclean, to reconcile him who is afar off and restore him to fellowship with God, to redeem the prisoner from his bondage and lift the pauper from the dunghill, to break down the barriers which divide [people] from one another, to transform our wayward characters into the image of Christ and finally make us fit to stand in white robes before the throne of God.” John Stott, The Preacher’s Portrait
There is a power far beyond anything this world has understood or seen. That power was unleashed at the cross. It is a power that can change blackened hearts, not just dark actions. It is a power that can dump guilt and shame into the depths of the sea, never to surface again. It is the power that can make people like us – sinners all on a great magnitude of scale – “fit to stand in white robes before the throne of God.” Believest thou this?
PRAYER: We fall before your cross in wonder that such love exists. May we never deny the power of the cross. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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