Christ And Qaddaffi
And The Multitude That Murders
s I watched the footage of Moammar Qaddaffi being mauled by the frenzied Libyan militia on network television, my thoughts couldn't help but wander to Jesus, and the ancient crowd of Roman soldiers who buffeted Him. In similar fashion, like a pack of wild jackals ripping and tearing as they close in on their prey, neither bloodthirsty crowd would show any mercy.
In Qaddaffi's case, his prior media releases showed rage and angry defiance at the political challenge to his decade's long rule, whereas Christ did not return rage for rage, but went willingly to the place of the skull -- therein dubbed Golgotha:
"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth..." (Isaiah 53:7).
At every opportunity, Qaddaffi sought to quell the challenge to his position, and his troops viciously killed all they could, in a desperate gambit to retain Qaddaffi's standing. Christ, on the other hand, willingly gave up His status, and stepping down into the turmoil of the world, submitted Himself to the humiliation.
"But [He] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:7,8).
Quaddaffi lived in luxury, and had a fondness for things made of gold, whereas Jesus was virtually homeless.
"The foxes have holes [homes], and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head" (Matthew 8:20).
Qaddaffi surrounded himself with gorgeous females, and his notoriety included a particular fondness for athletic, sexually provocative blonde women. In the quintessential example of the opposite of such sensuous behaviour, Christ denied His carnal impulses, instead responding to the Father's will that His every move be holy:
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23).
Even as a young officer in the Libyan military, Qaddaffi sought power, and he could not rest until he had seized the reins of leadership, using violence in the coup that installed him as the dictator of Libya. Christ instead taught all to be content, and instructed soldiers who came to Him to be at peace, instead of being driven by ambition:
"And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages" (Luke 3:14).
Every inch of the way, Qaddaffi fought to survive, defiant to the end, in the vain hope that he could survive and one day take back his throne. Conversely, Jesus said
"Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it" (Luke 17:33).
In the final analysis, both Christ and Qaddaffi were brutally executed as criminals -- and both died at the hands of a crowd with murder and hatred in their hearts. But instead of anger, Jesus petitioned the Father to forgive His killers, even as Qaddaffi surely cursed his murderers. Qaddaffi was merciless to the end, but Jesus was compassionate to the very last moment of His earthly life. Qaddaffi met the end he deserved, for he was a bloody man, responsible for the deaths of an untold number of men, women, and children. But Jesus was sinless and, serving the Father's will, willingly allowed Himself to serve as the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world.
"But [He] was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvations. How [then] shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?" Hebrews (4:15, 9:28, 2:3).
"For God So Loved The World, That He Gave His Only Begotten Son, That Whosoever Believeth In Him, Should Not Perish, But Have Everlasting Life." (John 3:16).
The opportunity to receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour, is referenced in Scripture as the visitation of life. Each of us is given that opportunity. Once that time has run its course, the Bible speaks of the visitation of death. That "visitation" alwaysfollows an opportunity to receive life. Perhaps reading this essay is your last chance, and that other visitation if just around the corner. We urge all to intensely consider the matter, and turn to God through Jesus Christ NOW. For more on this sequence of events herein referred to as the time of visitation, listen to the short audio describing the DVD entitled THE DAY OF VISITATION.