Psalm 94:16 – Jesus Took a Stand

Psalm 94:16 Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?

Jesus took his stand against evildoers.  He took his stand against those who did wickedness.

When Jesus took this stand, he found himself all alone.

When Jesus took this stand, he fell (not through his own fault but because he was struck down)…but God made him to stand again.  Forever.

Isaiah 40:8 …the word of our God stands forever.

He is “the word” (John 1:1).  Who will stand with Him?

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.  

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2 Responses to Psalm 94:16 – Jesus Took a Stand

  1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    What a timely entry, Mike. Matches completely with my recent experience.

    Whenever I find myself alone – rather often, indeed – and I am tempted to let myself go, there is only one thing I must do: Looking at Him who knows how it feels to stand alone. Even though tears may fall down still, there is soo much comfort in knowing that He endured the same. And surprisingly, God doesn’t want us to remain in our suffering as if there were no hope. Quite the contrary.

    More and more I have been realizing that suffering is not the ultimate purpose but only the means to receive His joy at its fullest. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Tell anyone you know who doesn’t know Christ that you’d love suffering for Him, he’d shake his head, to say the least. And I do understand such reactions, of course. Yet, thinking of Stephen for example, those beholding him saw that his face was like the face of an angel (Acts 6:15) when he proved to be a witness for Christ. And shortly afterwards we see, as soon as Stephen had finished speaking before the council, “they were enraged” (Acts 7:54) while Stephen was ” full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:55).

    “And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”” (Acts 7:55)

    Why did Stephen speak out what he was seeing? And what does it mean?

    A few years ago, as I was thinking the issue of martyrdom completely through, I experienced the Good News at its best.
    Pondering on various tormenting modes of death, such as being drowned, being burned to death, being cut up, or having one’s eyes been gouged out – I guess you get the “beautiful” picture that arose in my mind 😉 – I heard the Lord whisper into my ear, “Don’t you worry about such things, my dear. I bore such pain on the cross. I’ll show you what I mean.”
    I was still wondering what Jesus could have meant, as a sudden burning pain was cutting through my left knee. Before I could shout out, “Ouch!” or something like that, I wondered, indeed, I wondered why I didn’t feel pain as usual. Only a hot fire expanding more and more. What kind of fire? one might ask. It was the fire of the Holy Spirit that was filling my whole body and soul with pure bliss. Ecstasy…
    It was life on another level. And I only asked Jesus to give me more of it.
    Wow!

    But I was not the only one who experienced such a mysterious introduction into the inner sight of suffering for Christ. Since Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, who was a Spanish Carmelite nun in the 16th century, obviously had a similar experience.
    I read a lot about her spiritual experiences with Jesus and there were many books of her that had helped me immensely to intensify and deepen my prayer life. Well, there was one entry regarding her experiences with Jesus which made me laugh out loud. She said, “My deep respect toward martyrs has declined sharply, now, that I know how much the Lord helps.” In fact, it was so freeing to read that I was not the only one who had been prepared for the possibility of martyrdom.

    Today, I am sure Stephen enjoyed every stone thrown at him, and maybe, he left his body shortly before he, that is only his body, really died. Since, who could refrain from entering heaven when he sees the gates have already opened for him?

    Oops, I almost forgot to mention that I know how it feels to leave your body before you die. Not only during my near death experience (NDE) (*), but also on a few occasions during the last almost two decades, I suddenly found myself “elsewhere”. Indeed, whenever you leave your body, you won’t feel pain anymore. This is Christ’s life that feels like we were already on another level, when we are being filled with His Spirit. The world doesn’t know of God’s mysteries which are all hidden in Christ (Col 2:2-3), but we may know: “It is finished!” Forever. Amen.

    “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. (Is 53:3-5)”

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    (*) For a more detailed description of that NDE one might check my whole testimony in one of my comments on Allan Halton’s wonderful, inspiring article “Thank God… For You”, see http://amendingfeast.org/2013/11/08/thank-god-for-you/

  2. What does this have to do with jesus taking a stand!?!?!?!?

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