(In Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection), he disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it. — Col 2:15
Popular Christianity talks a lot about how the purpose of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was to forgive our sins. But here is a different look from the verse above…
The purpose of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection was also to disarm the unjust systems of this world by showing them to be what they really are and then showing us a far better way to live.
Jesus condemned unjust systems — the systems that do not heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and free those imprisoned by these systems. He brought injustice into the light. And then he taught that we could triumph over injustice if both the powerful and the powerless loved the other more than they loved themselves.
When we love, we put the other’s needs before our own. We forgive those who have wronged us and others. We speak truth in love. We listen respectfully to all voices. We protect and enable the vulnerable.
This kind of love triumphs over injustice.
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