The Powers that Be

31 “For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Luke 23:31 (NAS) (Read the full chapter for context)

The capacity of man to perpetrate evil on another man appears unrestrained. When Jesus uttered these words he had been beaten to a pulp and was minutes away from hanging on the rugged cross he was now too weak to bear. His point was that if they would do this to him, what will they do to us?

Whatever it will be, he prophesied that we will wish to have a mountain fall on us rather than to have to endure it. With much relief, perhaps of the same kind the criminal beside him felt when he was promised paradise in mere moments, we now know that Jesus completed his mission on our behalf. While he became our savior, he had none. Although the thief beside him paid a severe price for his crimes, his savior hung next to him. The Word says this about the power of another man, et al over us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 NLT

When the powers that be come down on us, we’re going to want and need a savior. Turn to Jesus now and exclaim, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” Luke 23:42

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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