Strength in the Cross

by J. Randal Matheny
Strength brings choices. It must choose between oppression and justice. The weak are the test of strength, which must either align itself with those who helpless or dominate those who are cannot defend themselves.
From the school bully to the national dictator, strength brings choices.
As the divine Strongman, Jesus made clear his use of strength. He aligned himself with the weak, from his birth, throughout his life, in his death.
Jesus died to make weak people strong. To give them victory over themselves, over sin, over the Evil One. To give them power for living one day, one hour, at a time. To empower them to extend his service to others, that weaklings might gain muscle, that the timid might find their voices.
The cross was, and is, the ultimate power struggle.
“Disarming the rulers and authorities, he has made a public disgrace of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15 NET).
Paul said that to those of us who were being saved, the cross is the power of God.
Now we are made powerful in him, and as strong people, the cross confronts us with our choice of how to use our strength.
The Supper reminds us of where our strength must be exercised, like our Lord, in the salvation of the world.

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