The stage is the world: and the devil and the Lord Jesus Christ face off against each other. And Jesus Christ wins and defeats the devil. Jesus Christ is Lord.

“For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14

“Isagu waa inaga samatabbixiyey xoogga gudcurka, oo wuxuu inoo beddelay boqortooyadii Wiilka jacaylkiisa, kaas oo aynu ku leennahay madaxfurasho ah dembidhaafka.” – Kolosay 1:13-14

Jesus Christ had to pay for our freedom with His blood. Warlords use the blood of angry young men to fight their battles for them, but God the Father sent His own Son to die for us on the cross and spill His blood so that we could be freed from the power of sin. Warlords use the blood of young men to win their battles because those young men think they are fighting for a just cause. But they are not. One clan is not better than another. We are all created equal in the image of God our Father – we are all brothers and sisters in this earth.

God sent His own son to die on the cross and shed His blood so that we could be freed from the power of sin.

“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.” – Romans 3:25

 kan Ilaah u soo bixiyey inuu dhiiggiisa kafaaraggud ku noqdo xagga rumaysadka la rumaystay dhiiggiisa aawadiis, inuu xaqnimadiisa ku muujiyo dembidhaafka uu dembiyadii hore loo sameeyey ku dhaafay samirkii Ilaah;” – Rooma 3:25

“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7

 Laakiin haddaynu nuurka ku soconno siduu isaguba nuurka ugu jiro, wehelnimo ayaynu isla wada wadaagnaa, oo dhiigga Ciise, oo Wiilkiisa ah, wuxuu inaga nadiifiyaa dembi oo dhan.” – 1 Yooxanaa 1:7

“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” – Hebrews 2:14-15

“Carruurtu waxay qayb ka heleen jidh iyo dhiig, taas aawadeed isaguna sidaas oo kale ayuu uga qayb qaatay, inuu dhimasho ku baabbi’iyo kii xoogga dhimashada lahaa, oo ah Ibliiska, iyo inuu furo kulli kuwii cimrigoodii oo dhan addoonnimo ugu hoos jiray cabsida dhimashada.” – Cibraaniyada 2:14-15

The world lost its soul to the devil when sin entered the world. A long time ago Adam and Eve – our ancestors – sinned against the Lord by disobeying Him and sin and death entered the world. People began to kill one another; brother started to kill brother. In the Bible is says that the first murder was done by one brother against another brother – one brother Cain killed his brother Abel.

And today Somalis continue to do the same thing in their own country – they are killing their brothers; and then they try to find someone else to blame. But there is no one else to blame. We are all responsible for the sins we commit. We are all guilty of sinning before a most Holy and powerful God.

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” – Romans 5:6-11

“Waayo, innagoo weli itaaldaran ayuu Masiixu wakhti qumman u dhintay kuwa aan cibaadada lahayn. Mar dhif ah mid waa u dhintaa nin xaq ah, mindhaase qof waa ku dhici lahaa inuu nin wanaagsan u dhinto. Laakiinse Masiixu waa inoo dhintay intaynu weli dembilayaal ahayn, oo sidaasuu Ilaah jacaylkiisii inoogu muujiyey. Haddaba haddaynu haatan dhiiggiisa xaq ku noqonnay, de si ka badanna isagaynu kaga badbaadi doonnaa cadhada Ilaah.  Waayo, haddii, intaynu col la ahayn, Ilaah inagula heshiiyey dhimashadii Wiilkiisa, de si ka badanna, innagoo la heshiis ah, ayaynu ku badbaadi doonnaa noloshiisa, oo taas oo keliyana ma ahaane, weliba waxaynu ku faraxnaa Ilaah xagga Rabbigeenna Ciise Masiix, kan aynu haatan heshiiska ku helnay.” – Romans 5:6-11

When we were lost in sin and under the power of the devil Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins; Jesus Christ rose from the dead after three days. And those of us who believe in Jesus Christ have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Jesus died for us. He defeated the devil and the power of sin in our lives. We are no longer afraid of death because we know that we are going to go to heaven and we will be with Jesus for eternity.

We were like lost sheep that were being threatened by wild animals. We were lost and cold and afraid and empty. Then Jesus Christ came to us and reached out His hand towards us and said:

“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:29

“Harqoodkayga dushiinna ku qaata oo wax iga barta; waayo, waan qaboobahay, qalbigayguna waa hooseeyaa, oo naftiinna nasashaad u heli doontaan.” – Matayos 11:29

In the year 202 AD in a city called Carthage in Tunisia they use to kill Christians because Christians believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Today Christians are still killed because they believe in Jesus Christ. But many years ago, almost 2,000 years ago, there was a young woman named Perpetua who was arrested and was going to be fed to the wild animals in Tunisia. She was arrested along with 4 other Christians – and the man who told them about Jesus also came to be with them so that he could die with his disciples.

The day came and the wild animals were let loose upon the Christians in the stadium and some of them died. But they were not all killed right away so Perpetua and the others were killed by the gladiators. Gladiators were paid killers and their job was to kill others in the stadium.

None of us knows how were are going to die but those of us who are Christians know that we are going to die with Jesus. Jesus will be with us when we die because we believe in Him and He said:

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

“Ha cabsanina, waayo, waan idinla jiraa, ha nixina, maxaa yeelay, Ilaahiinna baan ahay, waan idin xoogayn doonaa, waanan idin caawin doonaa, oo waxaan idinku tiirin doonaa midigtayda xaqa ah.” – Ishacyaah 41:10

Christ our Savior came down to earth in the body of a man to die for our sins and to defeat the devil. The battle is over and Jesus Christ has won. All we have to do is put our faith in Jesus Christ.

It says in the Bible:

“For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.'” – Romans 14:11

“Waayo, waxaa qoran, Anigu waa noolahay, ayaa Rabbigu leeyahay, oo jilib waluba anuu ii sujuudi doonaa, Carrab walubana Ilaah buu qiri doonaa.” – Rooma 14:11

Let us keep trusting and believing in the Lord. Let us pour out our lives for Jesus. Let us live for God and serve God. Let us keep trusting in the Lord who saved us from our sins and freed us from the power of the devil and from the fear of death. Amen.

© Somali Christian Ministries, 2014
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