When we read scripture we come to realize there are two sides to this whole thing we call life. On one side we have Satan and He is known as The Accuser. Revelation 12:10 For the accuser of our brothers and sisters. has been thrown down to earth—On the other side we have Jesus, and He is our Advocate Romans 8: 33 for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Whatever barriers there may be in your life, our wonderful Savior Jesus has broken them all down and as the above verse says he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. If there are still barriers then where do those barriers come from? Of course, from Satan. Barriers like ongoing guilt, crippling fear, desperate doubt, and many others need to be broken down and left in the distant past. With Christ we have a new day....every day!!
When Christ defeated death, hell, and the grave He broke every barrier down between us and our Heavenly Father and made possible a new, different way to live our lives. The barrier between me and God was sin, and Jesus broke that barrier down and now I live in true freeedom in Christ. Oh the freedom only He gives to all who come to Him. Please read the story below and see how awesome the power of God broke every barrier between us and Almighty God. We are made right through Jesus!!!
Colin Chapman, in The Case for Christianity, quotes Ugandan bishop Festo Kivengere's account of the 1973 execution by firing squad of three men from his diocese: February 10 began as a sad day for us in Kabale. People were commanded to come to the stadium and witness the execution. Death permeated the atmosphere. A silent crowd of about three thousand was there to watch. I had permission from the authorities to speak to the men before they died, and two of my fellow ministers were with me. They brought the men in a truck and unloaded them. They were handcuffed and their feet were chained. The firing squad stood at attention.
As we walked into the center of the stadium, I was wondering what to say. How do you give the gospel to doomed men who are probably seething with rage? We approached them from behind, and as they turned to look at us, what a sight! Their faces were all alight with an unmistakable glow and radiance.
Before we could say anything, one of them burst out: "Bishop, thank you for coming! I wanted to tell you. The day I was arrested, in my prison cell, I asked the Lord Jesus to come into my heart. He came in and forgave me all my sins! Heaven is now open, and there is nothing between me and my God! Please tell my wife and children that I am going to be with Jesus. Ask them to accept him into their lives as I did."
The other two men told similar stories, excitedly raising their hands, which rattled their handcuffs. I felt that what I needed to do was to talk to the soldiers, not to the condemned. So I translated what the men had said into a language the soldiers understood. The military men were standing there with guns cocked and bewilderment on their faces. They were so dumbfounded that they forgot to put the hoods over the men's faces!
The three faced the firing squad standing close together. They looked toward the people and began to wave, handcuffs and all. The people waved back. Then shots were fired, and the three were with Jesus. We stood in front of them, our own hearts throbbing with joy, mingled with tears. It was a day never to be forgotten. Though dead, the men spoke loudly to all of Kigezi District and beyond, so that there was an upsurge of life in Christ, which challenges death and defeats it. The next Sunday, I was preaching to a huge crowd in the home town of one of the executed men. Again, the feel of death was over the congregation. But when I gave them the testimony of their man, and how he died, there erupted a great song of praise to Jesus! Many turned to the Lord there.
May the world see how we respond to the great barrier breaker Jesus when we live our life of freedom made possible because of what Jesus did for us. Share the news!!! Shout it from the mountaintops!!! I AM SAVED!!!
The Pilgrimage Continues.....