Desperate for some alone time at the end of Christmas break I closed my door, snuggled up in my bed under my covers with my side table lamp glowing cheerfully, coffee steaming lazily from my mug, my Bible perched on my up drawn knees, when…
The cat yowled, the kids screamed, the bird squawked and I wondered “What on earth is going on out there!?! Is it too much to ask for five minutes of peace without incident around here?” Ugh… apparently, yes.
Not yet having reached the scene of the crime I pictured our hungry cat with her greedy black paw through the bars of the bird’s cage. My son flew into my room distraught and ready to strangle the cat for almost eating his bird. However he had nothing to fear, when the cage fell, the roof popped open and the bird flew well out of the cat’s reach.
Standing in my son’s room, bare feet coated with bird seed, I realized that this scene is a fabulous illustration of the one phrase I had been able to lay my hands and heart on before the crash. “[Jesus] has become a priest… by the power of an indestructible life.” (Hebrews 7:16)
Indestructible life, this phrase caught hold of my shoulders and shook me. It was through the power of an indestructible life that Jesus has become our priest, our advocate before God the Father, our shield from the accuser giving us lives that are beyond destruction as well!
In the fifth chapter of first Peter verse eight it tells us that “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Satan, like a hungry cat, roams around seeking someone to devour. Do you realize what that means? It means that there are untouchables out there, people that he can’t devour. Jesus gives us an indestructible life; a life where Satan can only torment and frighten us by reaching his claw-tipped paw through protective bars. However, no matter how hard he tries, he simply can’t reach us; even to the point of knocking the house right off the stand it’s sitting on. Even then, we remain out of his reach because Jesus has given us wings so that we can fly.