A saviour and champion

raptor-341774_640Isaiah 19:20: It will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.

Goliath volunteered to sacrifice himself for the whole of philistine (1Samuel 17). The bargain was if anyone in the camp of the army of Israel was able to take him out then the whole of the army of the Philistines will become servants of (be dominated by) the Israelites and vice versa.

He was called a champion, the mighty one. One among the people representing them to fight off opposition. It was an all or nothing affair. No other person in either camp needs to be involved, it has to be one from each camp. But when the victory is won it is accounted to the rest of them. Ditto for the loser.

Once the person representing a team is defeated, it does not matter how you feel about it, it is a done deal. David stood up to the bully Goliath, and became the real champion, killing and removing his head.

That is the picture of Jesus in David. David used a tool that was not in the hand of Goliath (stones) just as Jesus used obedience to the father God to defeat the devil. The devil does not know anything about that. He obeyed the father up to dying on the cross, through which he defeated the devil (Philippians 2:5-11).

David brought Goliath down with the precision of a stone from a sling shot to his head, and cut of his head with the same sword he wanted to use on the body of David. In the same way, the cross which the devil thought would be the end of Jesus became his own end. The bible says that Jesus through death destroyed the one who has the power of death even the devil (Hebrews 2:14-15).

He is our saviour and champion. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He is our restorer, the light that shines on our path, glory be to him. For forty days the army of Saul had been running away from before his face. None could stand up to him, none was as tall as him. So also for humanity, none is able to face the devil. He was our slave master. Just as Goliath had mentally captured the children of Israel with his fear, so the devil had put us all in bondage to the fear of death, before Jesus came to our rescue, as our deliver, putting an end to the reign of the devil in our lives for all time. “Goliath” is dead and cannot rise again. Jesus brought to a total end for the devil, he is now just like a roaring lion, looking the one who thinks he is a victim to victimize (James 5:8-9).

But the defeat of Goliath was not the end of it. The army of Israel still needed to follow hard after the Philistine, emboldened by the victory of David on their behalf, to finish them off. We still need to take over the area of victory Jesus has gotten for us by deliberate effort. We need to take steps in the direction of the victory, pressing what is ours.

First we need to be aware of what has been accomplished. We need to realise that the tide has turned, power has changed hands. We are not the defeated, we are the victors; we are not the tail but the head. We should start thinking and acting like one, even praying as one.

We need to realise that our sins are forgiven, our past washed away by his blood. Goliath, the devil, has been silenced in our lives, his threat of dominion has been crushed, and with that the demons flee from us as we push forward in the name of our champion, Jesus.

We are champions because the one who represents us (Jesus) is the champion. Our champion has defeated the enemy on our behalf, and we are champions by association.

Jesus said we should rejoice because he has overcome the world (John 16:33), and we can live in his victory. Greater is he (Jesus) who is in us than he who is in the world (1John 4:4, 5:4). We are on the winning side. Jesus said that the disciples should rejoice because their names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20), i.e. they have an identity of victors in the eternal sense, which we start enjoying in the now because of the eternal life now in us (John 5:24, John 3:16).

In the name of Jesus we have victory, we overcome. The bible says we overcome (in real time) by the blood of the lamb (what Jesus did for us) and our bold declaration of that victory (Revelation 12:11). That means the way to enforce the victory we have is to declare it. That is one thing we should spend our prayer time doing. Not complaining, not lamenting our situation, but saying words that line up with the fact that we are victors on the account of Jesus. It is a “signed, sealed and delivered” kind of victory, irreversible, faultless.

The bible says: “this is the victory which overcomes the world even our faith,” which is living out our connection with Christ, the anointed one, and his anointing in our life. The bible says we have an anointing from the holy one (Jesus) (1John 2:20). It is that anointing which stands for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He brings the reality of the victory of Jesus to us in real time.

Jesus had said before his death that when he goes he will send the Holy Spirit to us, who will teach us, guide us, into the fullness of God for us (John 16:13). There is no real victory without the Holy Spirit active in our lives, even victory over sin.

He is the power in us, making us function with divine life. We live in the power of the life that Jesus brings, living in the reality of the force of his presence. We need power to live righteous life. That is what it means to walk in the Spirit. We need the Holy Spirit to walk in the reality of the victory Jesus got for us. That is what it means to live in power.

Now to another interesting part to the David and Goliath story. The reward for David defeating Goliath was that he will marry the king’s daughter. What is the reward for Jesus overcoming the devil for us? It is that he gets go have a bride, the church.

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