He said therefore, a certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come (Luke 19:12-14).
And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD. (2 Sam 23:14-16)
The Lord Jesus, the commander of the host of armies of the Lord had made a decree. Occupy till I come! The Commander in chief had made an outcry. Bring me water of the well of Bethlehem! He was one in the flesh who quite understood the theatrics of the complex world in which we live. As God-man and man-God, while in the body of flesh, he understood the dynamics of the influences of the enemy, the devil, over this material world. He knew how so much, things we would easily dismiss from the first incautious superficial glance as just ‘ordinary’ or ‘normal’ or ‘natural’ in the acts of the people of his days were being determined by stronger spiritual forces in their hearts (spirits and souls – the invisible parts of man).
The Commander knew that the earth was a battle field and not a banter field.
All his days on earth, he fought as a gallant, victorious and overcoming soldier. He heralded His earthly dominion by the showing of his star at birth announcing that a new king was born thereby unsettling the reigning King Herod of His days. King Herod took up a fight; fought with the sharpest blade of sword of he could find, with such fierceness and cruelty, he devoured every male child of that generation except Jesus, but yet, He won, the enemy was announced dead.These words of Jesus should ring a bell and sound an alarm in every believer: 'Occupy till I come!' Click To Tweet
His own people rejected Him, fought him for being heretic, claiming He was not greater than Abraham their father and was not God as He claimed. They hated him with great displeasure and misunderstood every word of His sermons. Sooner, they ganged up to push Him down from a cliff, but the One who knew the hearts of all men would not commit Himself to any man but supernaturally quenched their blood sucking thirst and went through their midst unhurt.
The Pharisees were there too as the foot soldiers of the ‘Prince of this world’, who beyond the facades of their disguised appearances of piety and religiosity, were indeed broods of scorpions and serpents. They fought every inch of the rescue mission of the Messiah with claims and counter claims, since Jesus was twelve years of age, till the cross, they did not turn back from pursuing and attacking Him. They hated Him with great displeasure and were always finding to knock out the teachings of the kingdom with the doctrines of devils entrenched in their religious and ceremonious practices. Jesus was always crushing them under his foot at every opportunity and with the double edged sword of the Words of Life; He punctured every man-made devil-inspired teachings of the Scribes and Pharisees.
At the cross, he dealt a final fatal blow to the ‘Prince of this world’ who still fought from inside the thief on the left hand side of the cross but the Overcoming Christ, knew His enemy and fought till the end bringing glory to the Father, judgement to the devil and redemption to mankind by His death on the cross.Jesus fought all through His earthly sojourn, depicting the life we should thereafter live. Click To Tweet
For emphasis, Jesus fought all through His earthly sojourn. Depicting the life we should thereafter live. Exemplifying to us that beyond every physical actions and inactions of men and things around us, there are spiritual realities and forces that interplay to control and influence them, Jesus issued the decree, occupy till I come! Jesus was trying to say, as I fought, holding the forte, bearing the banner of truth against the doctrines of devils, going everywhere doing good, delivering those oppressed of the devil, do the same, but never forget who the real enemy is.
The decree is simple. Occupy! Take over! Take charge! Oust the existing government! Make a Coup! Dethrone and enthrone! Leave no space! Create no vacancy! Bridge the gap! Tighten the loose ends! Wake up and fight! Keep fighting! Resist the intruders! Reclaim territories! Take your rightful positions! Don’t hand over your authorities! Fill the Gap! Outsmart the Enemy! Make gains! Win more nations! Bring in more Harvest! Hold the forte! Advance the course! Crush the oppositions! Don’t break the Rank! Keep the faith! Live my lifestyle! Defend the faith! Fight as soldiers!
These words of Jesus should ring a bell and sound an alarm in every believer: “Occupy till I come!” Until the consciousness and reawakening returns to the body of Christ of our role as soldiers, we would continue to lose out to the enemy both in our material and immaterial world. The enemy is happy and watchful over any believer, no matter the title or experience, who refuses to acknowledge our state of constant warfare or the need to enforce God’s kingdom with the weapon we possess.