Bolt and Shelly Ann on the Podium in Beijing: Christ on the Cross on Calvary

GM: I did not watch  the W  4×100 nor the M 4×100. Me, not just a track and field fan, but a former athlete who ran at Champs!  Why? For while #RealShellyAnn and company and #KickOutBolt and company were bringing glory to #Jamaicalandwelove The Lord God was teaching me  a profound lesson in my early morning devotions, and early morning walk.

It came during a reflection, again,  on one of my favorite songs in our Anglican Liturgical worship form for Morning Prayer.
Words written by Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist, as recorded in Luke 1:68-79, KJV when he regained his speech. In our Church it is known as :

The Benedictus…….Edited

Blessed by the Lord God of Israel:
for He hath visited,  and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us: in the house of his servant David;
As he spake by the mouths of his holy Prophets: which have been since the world began;
That we should be saved from all our enemies: and from the hands of all who hate us;……

That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies: might serve him without fear;
In holiness and righteousness before him: all the days of our lives.

And thou, child, shall be called the Prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people: for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God: whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us:

To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be: world without end. Amen.

Comments:
1. A revelation from God, that once we repent of our sins and accept the free Gift of  The Mighty Salvation wrought by Christ on Calvary, we are ‘ Delivered’ from all our enemies, and those that hate us.

In this context, we have to recall, as I was led to write earlier this week, that we do  not ‘ fight against flesh and blood’. And therefore,  that our enemies are really the spiritual forces of evil in this world.
What Satan, the captain of these forces wishes to do, and which evil began with Adam’s disobedience, The Fall ( after God made everything good and perfect), is to hold us ‘ captive to Sin and Death’. And both of these terrible things from the ‘ pit of hell,’ are manifested in many and various ways in the lives of all mankind.

Including the the list of evil which come from ‘ within’ as revealed in the Gospel appointed for tomorrow at my Church.

” …..evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,  adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness ( leggo beast), envy, slander, arrogance and folly ”
Mark 7 : 20-22 NIV

And just in case anyone is so presumptuousness to declare that he or she ‘ is not on that list’, recall the Word that says: ” All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

So whatever Satan has used to hold us ‘ captive’, whether it be irrational fears, or real issues; evil thoughts in our hearts which sometimes ‘ bruk out into actions’ , for which we may or may not be sorry; disobedience to the Word of God, seeking other things first, instead of God’s Kingdom;  sicknesses – in some but not all instances as God sometimes uses illness to teach us lessons; and it the wise person who knows the difference – financial problems ( the same caveat applies here too) ; whatever, in Christ we have been ‘ set free’ – Delivered.

But most important of all Delivered from Sin and Death unto Eternal Life.

So who must rejoice more? Those who are pleased with our Gold Medal performances in Beijing by #TeamJamaica or those who have been Delivered by A Mighty Salvation  in and through Jesus Christ?
Your grace and mercy……

2. As we celebrate this mighty Salvation let let us not miss the following revelations:
That we should live now without fear. For
if God in Christ is for us, who or what can be against us.
That we should live Righteousness lives. For,  in Christ,  living by The Spirit , we no longer ‘ have to sin’. And if we do, and repent with  ‘ a pure and contrite heart’, immediately ( repentance is never a tomorrow story) then a merciful God will forgive us.
That we are called now to ‘ spread the Word, the Gospel’ to ‘ them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death’.
That means all with whom we come in contact who are not yet ‘ Saved’. Have not yet committed their lives to  Christ. All! Whether they be JLo, Serena, Bolt, Gatlin, Beanie Man, Chronixx,  the person who sits next to you at work,  whoever , and wherever.
And if you don’t feel comfortable speaking to that person, pray for their souls, as we are only  here to ‘ prepare the way for The Holy Spirit ‘. And Prayer opens doors for the Lord to act.

Finally that ‘ people who sit in darkness’ can be interpreted to mean many things. But the Word of God always speaks about Justice in the same breath with Righteousness. They are inseparable. So we are also ‘ Delivered’ so that we can work to set free others who are held captive by Injustice anywhere. Whether it be as a result of breeches of Human Rights or Human Trafficking or Exploitation by Unjust Economic systems, Illiteracy,  whatever, we the children of the Resurrection are called to ,’ set the captives free.

So my friends what is of greater importance to you. Victory by Bolt and Shelly Ann or Deliverance from Evil!
Peace.
O Praise the Lord. Thank you Jesus.
Amen.

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