Day 95: Judges 15-17; Luke 10:1-24

There is a sense in which Samson, in his dying, redeemed himself. Don't get me wrong, he prayed to God and God answered him (Judges 16:26-30). However, in his death we see that he returned to God repentant, and God gave him his greatest victory over his enemy.

How polar opposite is Jesus Christ! In His dying, He redeemed humanity. No doubt He prayed to God and these prayers on the cross are gratefully recorded. However, God answered His prayers on our behalf and gave us the greatest victory over our enemies, sin and death. Jesus said to His disciples in today's reading that He saw Satan fall from heaven (Luke 10:18). Yes, and on the cross that defeat was finalized: "It is finished!" (John 19:30). His resurrection bears witness to this truth. Our hope is sure!

In these days as we, by faith, walk the journey to the cross and the empty tomb, let us ponder the depth of our great need, and how deep the Father's love is for us, vast, beyond all measure.

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