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The Mighty God

December 20, 2010

The story is told in Viking mythology of when Thor, the mightiest of the Norse gods, fought a little old lady.   He wrestled with her and struggled with her.  Even though she did not resist him, the most he could do was put her a little of balance.  Then she began to fight back and very quickly had him on his knees and would have defeated him if others hadn’t stepped in.  Thor was much embarrassed until he found out that the little old lady was death in disguise, for none could defeat death.  Even Thor, the mightiest of the Viking gods, was not able to overthrow death.

Our Savior, Christ is the Mighty God, who is able to defeat every foe.  That phrase literally means that Christ is the strong one.  He is the one with the strength to do all that He says He will do.  He is the one with the strength to defeat every sin.  He is the one who conquered death and hell.  He is the one who redeemed us to God.  He is the one who lived, died, rose again and is now seated in heaven.  What great strength that is.  We can have great joy in this season because we serve the One who conquered death and hell.  We serve the Mighty God, the one strong enough to defeat even that greatest of enemies, so that now we can say, “Death where is thy sting, grave where is thy victory.”

Christ is also our champion.  He fights on our behalf.  He intercedes and mediates for us.  It is Christ that is seated at the right hand of the Father.  It is Christ who has decreed that nothing will separate us from His love.  It is Christ who has made us more than conquerors.  It is through Christ that we can do all things.  It is through Christ that all our needs are supplied.  It is Christ who is our champion.  It is Christ who goes alone and single-handedly defeats all our foes.  What a marvelous champion we have.

Not only is He the Strong One and the Champion, he is also the Chief.  He is given the position of ruler.  Colossians 1:18 tells us that Christ is the “first born from the dead.”  That means, he is the captain over death.  He is the chief of death.  Not only did Christ conquer death.  He rules death.  The guy in the black cloak carrying a scythe does not rule death, Christ does.  He directs death at His will.  In Colossians 1:15 Christ is the firstborn of every creature.  He is the chief of all creation.  He is the one who commands and directs all the products of creation.  Remember when Christ entered Jerusalem and the Pharisees threw a fit?  They told Christ to tell the crowds to stop praising Him.  Christ’s response to the pharisees was that if the people didn’t cry out, the stones would.  That’s how great our Captain is!  I have never heard a rock talk.  I have never even heard a rock grunt.  Some people are silent, but I don’t think anyone is more stone faced than a stone.  Yet, Christ is so awesome, so incredible, that the rocks would shout if we didn’t.  As we celebrate His birth this week, consider that the Mighty God became a man:  He was born in a stable, laid in a manger, worshiped by shepherds, visited by magi, harassed by Herod, rejected by His people, betrayed by a friend, denied by His disciples, maligned by liars, mocked, beaten and executed, all to redeem His people to Himself.  The mighty God became man that we might be forgiven.  This is why we celebrate.

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