Condemnation of One

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: 1 Corinthians 14:18-40; Psalms 37:30-40

READ (Verses chosen for reflection)
Psalm 37:32-33 “The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death. The Lord will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.”

The Psalmist was confident that God will not allow the righteous to fall into the power of the wicked or allow the righteous to be condemned. If we take this at face value, reality does not seem to be so. There are times when the righteous are persecuted by the wicked or they suffer condemnation for things they have not done.

Yet if we see this in context of what God has done through Christ, then yes! Those who believed and hence righteous in Jesus can enjoy such an eternal privilege. The eternal privilege that because of Christ, we will not succumb to the power of darkness nor the condemnation of hell.

During the Last Supper, Jesus sat at the same table with one who plotted to surrender him, the Righteous One to the power of the wicked. At the Last Supper, Jesus taught the disciples to remember that He was on his way to be condemned for sins He had never committed and will never commit.

In Jesus’ final hours, the wicked watched for the Righteous One to put Him to death; and they managed to do so. Yet they were only allowed to; so that the rest of us can have life. They were only allowed to; so that those of us who submit ourselves to the crucified King can learn to truly love one another.

On this day and the rest of the Holy Week, let us behold the King for His amazing grace to open the door for us to come and join Him at his table. Not as those condemned; but as those consecrated by the holy blood of Christ to be His children. Amen.