Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand
he will drive them out of his country.”
Oppression is heavy handedness, whether the result of an unkind ruler, a nation bound in slavery, or an individual trapped in the heartache and lies of the killer of one’s soul. We assume the story of oppression applies only to people in history. Yet today, that same burden oppresses many who are trapped in thoughts that destroy God’s hope for their future. Satan, the killer of souls, shouts, “It’s all about you. It’s okay for you to be your own god and rule your own destiny.
One Friday morning, a man, a man named Jesus Christ, stretched out His hands and said, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” His mighty hands, bloodied though they were, won freedom from Satan, the unkind ruler. He secured a release from Satan’s oppression and would literally drive him out of the kingdom of believers. That unkind ruler could no longer be in charge of the chosen people Jesus received with His sacrificial hands. On Friday – Good Friday – Jesus granted an eternal peace that no man, nation, or individual can remove or destroy.
Dear Jesus, thank You for changing a seemingly ugly Friday into a Good Friday, freeing me from the tyranny of Satan. Now lead me and guide me in Your freedom, peace, and love. Amen.