O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you? You are the God of great wonders! You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations. By your strong arm, you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. (Psalm 77:13-15)
Relate: In 1915 a diminutive little man with a soft voice, a gentle spirit, and an iron will moved back to his homeland after spending two decades fighting for Indian civil rights in South Africa. Within five years time, he became the most influential man in Congress. A decade after that, India declared their independence from the British Empire, arguably the strongest nation in the world. Britain refused to acknowledge this declaration and what had been a growing confrontation turned into the most unique civil war in history. Only one side fought… and they lost. WWII put the “disagreement” on hold for nearly a decade, but almost as soon as it had ended, both India and Pakistan became free nations.
Mahatma Gandhi led a fight of nonconformity or, as it would be called by others, “passive resistance” that would topple the grip of one of the most powerful nations on what it considered one of its prize possessions. His acts of weakness and humility in continuing to show love and respect to his enemy while refusing to bow to their will proved to be the greatest of demonstrations of power the world has seen. The thing that isn’t mentioned often enough is that he got his playbook straight from Jesus. In his own words, Gandhi says of our Savior:
He was certainly the highest example of one who wished to give everything, asking nothing in return… He would bless the lives of many who perhaps have never even heard his name, if only their lives embodied the virtues of which He was a living example on earth; the virtues of loving one’s neighbour as oneself and of doing good and charitable works among one’s fellowmen.
React: One greater than gandhi toppled a far greater power than the British Empire held at its apex. The example Gandhi modeled is one Jesus set nearly two thousand years ago. After living for three decades a life of perfect virtue, He was arrested in a garden while He was offering up prayers to His Father. He did not resist. They took Him and brought Him to an illegal and rigged mockery of a trial. He did not demand His rights. When brought before a weak willed governor, He spoke only love and truth. In spite of this He was mocked, beaten, and abused. Still he picked up the cross they laid on Him, we laid on Him, and carried it uphill. That cross was far heavier than any other simple beam of wood. It carried the weight of all the sins of the world. Yours, mine, and those of every single of the billions who have come before us or are yet to be. Think about that. I can’t even carry my own. But He took them all and on that hill, they nailed those sins to Him. This was like a “deadlift” of epic proportions. And like a lifter, three days later, He dropped them off and walked away. Perfect. Unconquered. Victorious. His exit from that grave is the seal on my guarantee of freedom. Now that is the greatest demonstration of power.
Almighty God, there is none like You. All the kingdoms of the world are nothing but dust on the scales compared to Your great power. I am so grateful that Your greatest demonstration of power was the conquering of sin and death. Because of it I have been redeemed. You have carried a burden I was unable to lift and You have broken chains I was unable to escape. For that I will be forever grateful.