by William Wyne

Now He Is Able
William Wyne
Jude 24-25 (NIV)

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.

To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

In the game of checkers, the goal is to jump over your opponent's checkers until you have them all. One-day two brothers decided to engage in a game of checkers. The younger brother had been practicing and developing his game of checkers, because he wanted to prove to the older brother that he was a better player than him. And sure enough, it was not long before the older brother realized that his younger sibling had improved on his game-ship. The young man was actually getting the best of his brother, and he knew it, and was enjoying the path that seemed to be leading to defeating him. That was the case until the older brother managed to get a checker into the place to be crowned king.

When you have a king, a king is able to make moves that ordinary checkers cannot make.

After a while the older brother noticed that his young brother was not as jovial, and not as smiley as he once was. The younger brother could not master or maneuver a trap or strategic move to get the king. You see the king would move from spot to spot, sometimes it was a short move and then it was a longer move. The king would change rows if it seems that a trap was being planned. Finally the younger one said, you depend upon that king too much, as a matter of fact, the king keeps you in the game. If you did not have that king, I probably could win.

The older brother said, as long as I have a king in my corner, I am still in the game.

That is perhaps the center and the spiritual synergy of Jude's message to us tonight. As long as the king is in your corner, you are still in the game of life. Jude says, now unto Him who is able!

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