We discover the theme of countless books and movies. It has been the theme of life since shortly after creation. It is the account of good versus evil, God versus Satan. It began subtly in the Garden and continues to escalate as time approaches its end. The account of Esther is one chapter among the ongoing saga.
Mordecai, Esther’s relative, prophesied the Jews’ deliverance when he sought her help.
“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.
Esther risked her life to become the Jews source of deliverance.
Christ came to the earth at the right time as our deliverer.
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son…” Galatians 4:4
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,
he also himself likewise took part of the same;
that through death
he might destroy him that had the power of death,
that is , the devil;
And deliver them who through fear of death
were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
Everybody likes a happy ending to a good story. In reality, isn’t that what we want for ourselves, a happy ending? The true story of Esther ended happily for her people. Justice was served, good prevailed over evil, and her people were delivered from death.
“And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman…
And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows…which Haman had made for Mordecai…standeth…
Then the king said, Hang him thereon.” (from Esther 7)
All cheer for justice, but it isn’t finished. The king adds to his original decree allowing the Jews to protect themselves. We find in the end,
“The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour…whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.” (Esther 8)
Jesus delivers from despair to joy
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.”
“Likewise, I say unto you,
there is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner that repenteth..
For this my son was dead,
and is alive again;
he was lost, and is found.
And they began to be merry.”
Being born into the kingdom of God gives reason to rejoice. We’ve been delivered from death to life, to new abundant life.
“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you;
but rather rejoice,
because your names are written in heaven.”
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,
but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels…
And there shall in no wise enter into it
any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie;
but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Revelation 3:5; 21:27.
Where do we find fullness of joy?
In our Deliverer, Jesus Christ,
“Whom having not seen, ye love;
in whom, though now ye see him not,
ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory;
receiving the end of your faith,
even the salvation of your souls.”
When circumstances bring sadness, Jesus holds us closer. When they bring disappointment, He is our hope. His presence and promises are our joy, our peace, our deliverance through every trial. Until one day when He wipes away every tear and all that remains is fullness of joy.
Sound to good to be true?
Know this, we are in the last chapters of the book.
How will it end?
There are many beliefs but one truth.
“And he said unto me,
These sayings are faithful and true;
and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel
to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Behold, I come quickly:
blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”
What brings joy?
Believing and keeping the sayings told in this book.
Do you believe to the saving/keeping of your soul? If so,