Sunday, March 23, 2008

Triumph of the Christ

Leni Riefenstahl's film, Triumph of the Will chronicled the events of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress. The title is an echo of Nietzsche, and during one speech in the film, Hitler declared, "It is our will that this state shall endure for a thousand years." Hitler died in a bunker in Berlin in 1945 . . . and he's still dead.

By way of contrast, Jesus of Nazareth died on a cross two millennia past, and then He rose from the grave . . . and still He lives. His resurrection set in motion many pre-ordained effects. I would like to mention just three.

  1. The resurrection vindicates His life and ministry, as well as His claims to be the Eternal Son incarnate;
  2. The resurrection seals the justification of His people;
  3. The resurrection marks His glorious heavenly works: His priestly intercession for His people, and His reign from heaven, until His enemies become His footstool.
Scripture tells us that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Hitler will be there, and he will be forced to bow to the Lordship of Christ, as will the Buddha and Mohamed along with every other false prophet, false teacher and false messiah from the beginning of time. The resurrection of Jesus guarantees that this will take place.

I have recently thought of a motto for Christian Martialism: Men in training for the King and by the Word. It is only the fact that we serve a risen King that gives meaning to those words and meaning to our calling as Christian Martialists. The resurrection is the triumph of the Christ, and if we are in Him, it is our triumph, too.

A joyous celebration of the resurrection to all.

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