THE LORD IS OUR DELIVERER
The Lord our God has undertaken to extricate us from the kingdom of darkness that we were conscripted into when we, as a race, rebelled against God.
The Lord, in His vast wisdom and understanding, structured a process of practical and legal positions so as to fulfill the requirements of delivering His people out of darkness and into His marvelous light.
The initialization of these positions was to get His Son Jesus to be born on the earth incognito. While the kingdom of darkness was prepared to stop any redemptive action by God, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem was a widely celebrated fulfillment of prophetic scripture which evading the attempts by the kingdom of darkness to snuff out the beginning of the ministry of Jesus.
Jesus then grew up and gained stature and wisdom and was able to directly resist the kingdom of darkness. He was tempted by the devil and He deflected the attempts by countering the temptations with scriptures.
He then began to directly confront the kingdom of darkness by healing the sick and casting out demons. After Jesus had set the example of kingdom authority for us, He gave His life up to the cross so that He could die for us.
The critical juncture in the redemption story had to be carried out without the kingdom of darkness realizing that the death of Jesus was going to be His glorious vindication and victory.
The scripture in fact says : "the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory"
- 1 Corinthians 2 verse 8
It was here at the crucifixion of Jesus that the redemption story was brought into sharp focus.
Jesus suffered agony on top of agony and ultimately died on the cross in a way that appeared to be an abject failure but was in fact, a triumph when His death became the propitiation for the sins of mankind. The goal of providing the legal framework for redemption of the human race was accomplished right under the oversight of the rulers of that age.
He paid the extremely costly price to deliver us out of darkness and to usher us into His kingdom all the while avoiding detection of how the redemption was going to play out.
He delivered us out of condemnation and into His righteous kingdom by His great wisdom and perfect nature.
Praise His Holy name forever.
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