It is a world-shaking experience to have someone stand up for us. I once heard a man named Robert Lewis tell about his son being bullied. When Lewis learned about it, he didnt go on the warpath. Instead, he called a meeting with his son and the bullies. Lewis stood up for his son, telling the other boys that they were not to harm him any longer. This example of fatherly courage has never left my memory.
Without Christ,we have no one to help us. Jesus is the holy man, the warrior King, who does not withhold his assistance. He “stands up” for his church, as Jonathan Edwards spells out. He is an enemy to the enemy of his people; he is a friend to the friendless. Jesus is not only willing to spend time with the bright and the beautiful. He also goes to the destitute, the unpopular, and the desperate. A strong Savior, he lifts them out of the depths; he adopts them as his own by his death and resurrection, and he glorifies them by calling them to dwell with him in heavenly places.
We must sometimes wait for justice. Christ has not completed his deliverance of his people. But do not misunderstand him or underestimate him. Jesus is a warrior. The Father sent him to do violence to the kingdom of darkness, and he will fulfill the mission. He has gone to war on our behalf, and he will engage the devil once more. He will not defeat his foes with chariots or guns or cannons or planes. He will defeat his enemies with a word. What hope, and what encouragement to action, this is for us.
From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. (Revelation 19:15)
-Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 303.