Friday, February 22nd, 2013
The Chain Of Command (Part 13)
The Chain Breaker
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a Light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. I am the Lord, that is My Name; And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare.
Isaiah 42:6-9 (NKJV)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
Luke 4:18 (NKJV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17 (NKJV)
The chain maker is Satan. The Chain Breaker is Jesus. He came to Earth in the fullness of time to establish a New Covenant: to break the old chains of command; to set the captives free. 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17). That is to say, us.
Basically, Jesus came in disguise at His Father's request. He stayed undercover and enlisted disciples. Simultaneously, He went to work and He went to war. His work included teaching His followers a new way of life: a life free from oppression. His war started with skirmishes: taking ground from the enemy person-by-person in casting out demons and healing.
He won the war at the cross. 'When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men' (Ephesians 4:8). Leading 'captivity captive is language derived from a conqueror, who not only makes captives, but who makes captives of those who were then prisoners, and who conducts them as a part of his triumphal procession' (Barnes Notes on the Bible).
Satan is now 'captive' to Jesus. And us? As followers, we are part of His triumphal procession and captive to His cross by choice. In godly irony, serving the King of kings makes us free. 'Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage' (Galatians 5:1).
If we are voluntary followers, servants and captives to Christ, what do our new chains look like?
First consider the old one: a heavy chain that bound us to Satan. It was invisible, but we knew it was there by the weight we carried. The desires that tied us to destruction seemed overwhelmingly powerful, and the evidence of a destroyed life was clearly visible: it was despair.
Now consider the new one: an unbreakable chain that binds us to God. It is invisible, but we know It is there by the strength we carry. The desire that ties us to God is overwhelmingly powerful, and the evidence of a vibrant life is clearly visible: it is joy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Chain of Command series.