I’m reading Esther now, and Mordecai said some really strange things to her:
13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, liberation and rescue will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish [since you did not help when you had the chance]. And who knows whether you have attained royalty for such a time as this [and for this very purpose]?” (Esther 4:13-14 AMP)
Esther, you have no choice but to save us. I am not the one pressuring you; Death is. However, even if you don’t save us, a Savior will come eventually. But for right now, for your life and ours, let’s bank on the fact that the king likes you. Try to save us anyway. See, Mordecai based his advice on the law of leverage. I think it’s very important for us to understand what leverage is because I believe that’s how salvation comes: not through us, but through our Leverage. What is it?
Leverage (via Merriam-Webster)
This is an example of a class 1 lever. The board of the see-saw is the lever. If there was a heftier boy sitting opposite from him, the first boy would move upwards. In order to gain leverage, the first boy would need to either a) gain weight greater than the other boy or b) sit further from the fulcrum. The fulcrum cannot move. However, even if the boy sat further, it doesn’t ensure that he will gain leverage over the other. The other may be heavy enough to maintain the leverage.
The fulcrum is the law of God. It is how He created and structured the world. We disrupted His order, and therefore, on the balance of His holiness, we were outweighed by our sin (Daniel 5:27). He cannot change His law (move the fulcrum) so we were at a great loss before Him. We could die for our sin, but guess what? We could never gain the favor of God. Our sins are too heavy.
However, Jesus came in to the picture and tipped the scale dramatically. God had favor toward Him, like the king’s favor towards Esther, because God is the Father, and Jesus is the Son. This love was before the world was created. Jesus Christ outweighed our sin (John 8:54). Exponential force!
My heart is thrilled! My heart is bubbling with joy and freedom! My God made a way for me to live in this world and the next, and it’s not going to change ever. I give you my life, God. I have nothing to be afraid of in coming to You. Thank you for our Leverage: Jesus Christ!