As the United Nations drags it’s feet over the atrocities in Syria, and rulers of the post-Christian West wring their hands at Russian and Chinese vetoes, the people of Syria continue to suffer. Rather than wait for intervention from the other rulers of the world, the people of Syria and all nations need to know that Jesus Christ has handed people the trump card over corrupt rulers. All the powerless people of the world need to do is play this card.
When Jesus was on earth, he taught his disciples many things. Above all he taught them that hell is real and terrible (Mark 9:47-48). He also taught that the cup of God’s wrath and the sword of His justice are both hanging over the world ready to be poured out on the nations, all rulers and all people together. Jesus tells us that God is rightly furious with he way the rulers of the earth lord power over their people, ruling harshly and corruptly (Mark 10:42).
This is the trump card that Jesus gives to the poor people of the earth. All governments and rulers of nations need to know that Jesus Christ is God’s anointed ruler of the world. Yet, to establish his rule he had to love and serve his people with his life. When he was crucified on the cross, he drank the cup of God’s wrath (Jeremiah 25:27-29), and the sword of God’s justice fell on him. And now that cup is empty and the sword has been put away for everyone who understands and receives the love and grace of God by faith in Christ.
When Jesus taught his disciples this amazing truth, he also taught them that anyone who receives Christ’s death but go and serve others in self-sacrifice:
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45).
If the people of Syria, or any other nation including Britain, want their leaders to be public servants in the fullest sense, Jesus has given us, the poor and powerless, the trump card. Our leaders and all people will face the justice and judgement of God and take the punishment themselves unless they are humbled by Christ. Having been humbled, all must serve others as he served us, by making sacrifices for the common good.