Why do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His anointed, saying,
“Let us break their bonds in pieces
And cast away their cords from us.”
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
The courtroom was jam-packed on that fateful night as people from all walks of life gathered to witness the trial of the only righteous man on earth.
He had no lawyer to defend him; all His supporters deserted Him.
His rival was so eager to have Him killed.
‘Take Him away, away with Him. Crucify Him, crucify Him’ He cried.
‘This man is guilty of blasphemy claiming equality with God.’ Accusations poured forth like torrents of rain.
After producing false witnesses, the judge pronounced his verdict:
‘This man must die.’
The condemned man resigned himself to fate; he followed the executioners sheepishly to the slaughter ground.
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its Shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
At last, they got to the slaughter ground,
The die is cast.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth,
He was finally killed between two thieves.
‘At last, He is gone.’ The adversary heaved a sigh of relief.
He threw a party that day, more than the one he had when the first man fell. The event was well attended by all his supporters. They sang and danced to a special tune:
Emi la o ni yo si? (2ce)
Baa ti fe ori
Bee na lo ri
Emi la o ni yo si?
Like a bolt out of the blues, the dead man arose and disrupted the merrymaking.
‘Ah! I’m finished.’ The enemy cried.
‘Why did you invite us to be disgraced?’ His cohort shook like dried leaves in the harmattan.
‘Come on give me the keys.’ The resurrected righteous one ordered.
With fear and trembling, the big fool surrendered the bunch of keys at His feet.
Then walking majestically, the Lord of lords and the King of kings unlocked the ancient prison doors which had kept His people bound for ages.
‘You are free.’ He declared authoritatively to the captives. Afterwards, He led His enemy and his cohorts’ captive in His victory procession.
When I pondered on all these, I laughed at the big fool. The adversary never realized that the righteous man’s death would tear his kingdom into pieces and cause the liberation of the whole sinful human race. If he had any inkling, he would not have crucified the King of glory.
Through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, you have been made a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people. You are set apart to show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. In the past, you were not a people, but are now the people of God.
Indeed, mercy taken away is now obtained through the exploits of Him who loved you right from the beginning of the world.
Steps to Salvation:
• Admit: admit that you are sinner. ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.’ (Romans 3:23)
• Believe: believe that God loves you by sending His son to pay the price. ‘But God
commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.’
• Confess: confess that you cannot live a righteous life. ‘For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (Romans 7:19)
• Repent: turn away from your evil ways through confession and forsake them. ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.’ (1 John 1:9)
• Invite: invite Jesus into your life through the prayer of faith. ‘Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.’ (Revelation 3:20)