DayBreaks for 07/11/13 – My Friend, Douglass
Romans 8:31-34 (NLT) – What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.
Frederick Douglass approached the front door of the White House, seeking admission into Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Ball. Just as Douglass was about to knock on the door, two policemen seized him, barring the black man’s entrance. Douglass, a large, powerful man, brushed the officers aside and stepped into the foyer. Once inside, two more officers grabbed the uninvited guest, all the while uttering racial slurs.
As Douglass was being dragged from the hall, he cried to a nearby patron, “Just say to Mr. Lincoln that Fred Douglass is at the door!” Confusion ensued. Then suddenly the officers received orders to usher Douglass into the East Room. In that beautiful room, the great abolitionist stood in the presence of the esteemed President. The place quieted as Lincoln approached his newly arrived guest, hand outstretched in greeting, and speaking in a voice loud enough so none could mistake his intent, the President announced, “Here comes my friend Douglass.”
The President had called Frederick Douglass friend. Who dared demean Douglass if he was a friend of the President? Can you imagine for a moment how those guards at the door must have felt?
Jesus Christ, the Lord of the universe, has called us not just his friends, but much more: his brothers and his sisters. God the Father has also called us His own children. We have an accuser, someone who would stand at the gateway to heaven and attempt to deny us entrance. His name is Satan. He will be shamed in his accusations against us as Jesus, with a voice like thunder that could shake the universe, will proclaim, “Here comes my sister/brother! Welcome!” and will overrule him. Satan will be silenced!
Let us not think that because we’re in His family that we can just sit back and forget about those who don’t have Him as a brother. There are many persons who lie stripped and beaten by the side of the road (think the Good Samaritan story). He or she may not yet be our brother or sister in Christ, but they are our friend, our neighbor, and by God’s grace they may one day be family. So let us pause and help, because once there was a man who paused on a cross for us.
PRAYER: Lord, we long to hear You silence the accuser and put him to shame in his accusations! We long to enter into our family Home to be with You forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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