Indestructible Stone

Matthew 21:44   (KJV)   44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Never fight against the Lord Jesus Christ.  It’s a “no-win” position to take.  After all, He’s not a weakling that many people think He is.  True, people can speak very insulting and really bad words against Him, and they don’t get struck with a divinely-originated death Matthew 21.44 - Indestructible Stoneblow.  There are those who challenge Him without a seeming answer from heaven.  They conclude that either He’s not real, or He’s just not as powerful as people make Him out to be, or He’s a coward.  Some see Him as the helpless sheep brought to the slaughter.

The truth though:  yes, He came as God’s spotless Lamb, but there’s another side of him people don’t see, understand, or accept.  He is the Lamb of God;  He is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  Everything was created through Him.  And creation is way much bigger, greater, and mightier than us.  Whatever plan of attack, whatever strategy, whatever approach, whatever weapon, the end will be the same:  Jesus will always be standing—on top.

He is the Lord of hosts.  He is the victorious warrior.  It’s best that we be on His side—the winning side.  Understanding the end of everyone who dares challenge Him into a fight, we prefer what we have now: a love-relationship with our Lord, Savior, Father, and Friend.

 

The Real Champion

1 Samuel 17:45   (KJV)   45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

This is one of the best declarations and statement of faith we can find in the Word. While all the other professional armies cowered in the presence of a 9’ 6” giant enemy who was mocking them terribly, the young good-looking shepherd bravely answered the 1 Samuel 17.45 - The Real Championchallenge. He was obviously much less experienced in actual battles; he was definitely much smaller; he was unquestionably the underdog—in the natural. I love that qualifier: “in the natural.”

David wasn’t blind; he heard what the enemy said; he felt insulted by it, and he couldn’t believe why his fellow soldiers were just swallowing all the insults—not because they “loved” their enemies, but because they were scared. David saw beyond what everyone else did. He saw the giant, but he knew Someone bigger. He was aware that he was facing the Philistine champion, but He knew the LORD of heaven’s armies.

He knew his much greater advantage.  His enemy’s power was all limited to the natural: sword, spear, javelin; his dependence stretched higher than the heavens and greater than the universe.  He faced Goliath bearing the Name that is above every name. Goliath represented the Philistines, David represented his God. Oooh, there alone, we see who the clear winner is.  And that’s how we too are or can become winners.

The odds may be undeniably against us; the situation may look really bad; it may seem like there is no other end but our defeat or surrender; there may be a strong pull to raise our hands up or the white flag and say “I give up.”  But there is a realm we know is real; it’s a real part of our existence; there, our hope is endless. Our LORD God, the Jehovah-Nissi—the LORD our Banner—is our sure victory.