November 15

Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, ‘Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them.’ .. And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life. Judges 16:26,30

The main subject of the Bible is Christ and His death and resurrection.  It is like a vein of purest gold that runs through the Scriptures and indicates the wealth that is in God Himself.  In these verses, Samson is an unlikely type of Christ and His cross.  When Jesus was humiliated in His death, He felt the pillars on which the human race was standing.  These pillars are the power of sin and death.  Christ tasted the awful poison that destroys the human heart from the inside.  Then He applied the awesome power of His own sinless life and destroyed the power of evil in Himself, so bringing down the whole kingdom of darkness, by which Satan ruled the human race.  In His death, Jesus healed and delivered multitudes, and potentially the whole human race, if only all would believe.  His death was thus more important and effective than all His preaching and His ministry.  In fact, without His death and resurrection, His teaching and ministry would have given hope, but no power to fulfil that hope.  When we consider the cross, we often see it in the light of what we feel and what we need.  We must see it in the light of what He endured and felt, and most of all what He accomplished.  The cross is the greatest act God has ever done or ever will do.  It is the flawless jewel that shines out on the darkest background.  It is right that we should lay our all at His feet in surrender and worship for who He is and what He has done.