“ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!”    -Leonidas of the Spartans 

1 Peter 5:10
“And after you have suffered a
little while, the God of all grace,
who has called you to his eternal
glory in Christ, will himself restore,
confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
ESV

               The Warrior King Leonidas of the 300 Spartans joined with 14,000 Greeks to battle the Persians, led by King Xerxes, who numbered approximately 200,000 strong.  At the Battle of Thermopylae, the Persians lost eight men to every one Spartan because beforehand they said, “Spartans!  Put down your weapons!”

               To which the Spartans yelled, “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!”  (Molon labe)  “Come and take” meaning, that if you want me to put down my weapons, you’ll have to pry them from my cold dead fingers.  Tragically, the Spartans were betrayed by Ephialtes of Trachis, who led the Persians around the other side of the mountain to ambush and massacre the Spartan army.  It had to be bitter for the Spartans after Leonidas’s death and all that sacrifice to bear the tyranny of defeat.

               But Christ’s victory gives us the ability to “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!” from a victor’s standpoint.  The battle for our salvation is already won.  We can come and rightfully take our restoration, confirmation, strength, and establishment in heaven and on earth.

               Every single thing needed for your complete spiritual restoration was paid for by the blood of Christ.  Your confirmation, which means having the complete approval of God on your life, was bought by Christ’s sacrifice.  No need of frantically groveling for strength, because God is your strength in Jesus.  And to be established…for eternity, not of my own human will or flesh, but by faith in Christ finished work of the Cross.

               Our Warrior King, Christ, won the battle for our complete restoration.  I believe He’s telling us to say with a lion’s roar, “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!”  Because there’s no force in hell that can pry you out of God’s hands what Christ purchased for your salvation.

By Aaron F. Jeffers

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