“The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still” (Exodus 14:14)
The Israelite people were fleeing Egypt, with Pharaoh and the Egyptian army close on their heals. Imagine being part of the crowd of two-million plus slaves being pursued by elite military horsemen and six hundred chariots armed with deadly spears and arrows. You stand at the edge of a vast, impassable sea knowing that Pharaoh’s army will come sweeping in on you any minute. You look to your leader Moses for a battle plan and all he tells you is “be still.” How’s your confidence now?
The prophet declared that this Child who was born to save the world would be called “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6). He would be a Warrior who would fight for His people. Only the enemy is not a human army; the enemy is death – that is, eternal separation from God. And He would not do battle with arrows or spears or any man-made weapon. He would use a wooden cross to gain for us eternal life. Paul well proclaimed “Death has been swallowed up in victory!” (1 Corinthians 15:54).
We like to keep the Christmas story all light and sweet – a baby in a manger, angels singing, shepherds kneeling, star shining – but the truth is, this Baby came to fight a fearsome foe. He came with a battle plan in hand – a plan that would mean His death.
Why? Because you and I are unable to save ourselves. When it comes to this enemy, we are as helpless as the Israelites standing at the edge of the sea. We cannot defeat death. This morning our church and community is mourning for a beautiful teenage girl who fought hard against this enemy but lost the battle. Too soon sometimes, death comes for everyone. But the blessing in this young lady’s passing is that she belonged to Jesus Christ. While we have lost her lovely smile and her sweet spirit here, she is not lost forever. Jesus won the victory for her and she has eternal life with Him in heaven.
Can you confidently say “I am not afraid of death!”? Are you assured of the same victory as this precious girl? He came to fight for you, to give you victory over your fiercest enemy. He came to win eternal life for you. More than a mere Baby in the manger, Jesus is indeed our Mighty God – our Warrior and our Victor.
“Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory though our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Read I Corinthians 15:50-58
This devotional is dedicated to the memory of Anna K.