Follow the Leader, a game played in childhood, follows us into adulthood. But who or what are we following?
“And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion.” Rev. 13:2 Okay, no one in his right mind would follow such a creature, right? Read on.
“And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; and they worshiped the dragon…and the beast, saying, ‘”Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?”‘ Rev. 13:2-4
Revelation 12:9 reveals the identity of the dragon as Satan and this is who the people are following and falling in love with. We find their choice is the same choice mankind has faced from the dawn of creation until now, and yes, even in the future.
In Genesis Eve followed Satan’s lies, Adam followed his wife and mankind has followed all three to where we are today. God reveals the identity of Satan and His own identity to the world, giving a clear choice of whom to follow.
Proceeding through Revelation 13 we are told Satan is an arrogant liar and is under the authority of another stronger than he. He leads to captivity and death. Elsewhere we are told he is a murderer, a thief, and seeks only to destroy. His broken promises lead to a moment of pleasure and an eternity of death. He is a fallen angel, created by God. Is this really the one to follow? Only one other choice remains.
Through the gospels Jesus invites those who will believe to follow Him. Why is He the better choice? He is truth. He is the One stronger than Satan. Those who choose to follow Jesus are told, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” 1John 4:4. Satan can do no more than God allows him. Jesus gives life, abundant life. The only thing He takes from us is the sentence of death. His promises lead to eternal life. Jesus is God the Son who made all things.
When Christ hung on the cross, two thieves hung one on either side of Him. One followed the crowd who followed Satan. He died following Satan. The other pleaded for mercy as he followed Christ into paradise.
Follow, as used in the Bible, expresses union or likeness. (Vines Exp. Dict.)
For modern examples of those choosing to follow Christ check out https://www.cru.org for their real-life stories.
Praying today your choice is to follow Christ in all that means. If you have comments or questions, I would love to hear from you.