Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus



"Stand up, Stand up for Jesus” is a song that we sing from time to time, and I believe that it has a strong message from which we can learn. Paul tells us in,


Colossians 3:16:  "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”


I am going to show how this song can be used to edify, admonish, and encourage when we pay attention to the words and think about their meaning.  (first verse)


"Stand up, stand up for Jesus”


Every line starts out this way, and this does not simply mean that we stand up when singing this song. No, it means that we are stand up for the cause of Christ. It means that we are to be actively doing what we can to defend the truth and share it with others, and we certainly cannot do that if we sit around and do nothing. The writer continues and says:


"Ye soldiers of the cross; Lift high His royal banner, It must not suffer loss:”


When you study history, you find that when soldiers would go to battle sometimes they would have a banner that represented their nation, or their king, and a soldier would carry this banner into battle because it meant a lot to those soldiers. If the soldier carrying the banner were killed, another soldier would pick up the banner and carry it in his place because it was that important.


We can relate to this when it comes to our flag. Most of us are proud to be Americans and we love what our flag represents, and we cringe when someone decides to burn the flag out of protest, because we know that our flag came at the high cost of solider lives.


As Christians, we need to realize that when we became Christians, we signed up in the Lord’s army. Every one of us is a Christian soldier. Paul told Timothy,


2 Timothy 2:3-4: "You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier.”


We are not fighting a physical war, we are fighting a spiritual war, but we must stand up as Christian soldiers and face our enemy. As we battle against the evil one, we must lift high the royal banner, which represents what we believe in, and what we are willing to fight for. The reason, it must not suffer loss, is because every Christian solider looks to the royal banner that represents the righteous way and the hope of eternal salvation.


So, in a spiritual sense, if one soldier drops that royal banner, then another needs to pick it up and keep it high. The writer continues to say:


"From vict’ry unto vict’ry His army shall He lead, Till ev’ry foe is vanquished, For Christ is Lord in deed.”


 Jesus is the head of the church, and He knows how to help in our time of need. He has given us all the tools we need to win against our enemies, because He has given us the power of His blood and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s truth. As Paul says,


2 Timothy 3:16-17:  "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”


Romans 1:16:  "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”


Whenever we resist the devil in the faith, he must flee according James 4:7, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  We have an advantage over the devil, because we know his tactics, and we can be prepared for them when we use the Word of God effectively.


When Christ comes again, the final enemy that will be vanquished is death itself.


1 Corinthians 15:25-26:  "For he must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet.    The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.


Christ has shown us that He has power over death, and we are promised that we will be raised from the dead as well, which is why Paul says:


1 Corinthians 15:54-55:  "So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory.”  O Death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?"


Christ is Lord indeed!  As a soldier of the cross, do we stand up for Jesus?  Do we lift high the royal banner?  Do we fight against the evil-one as God would have us do?  Submit yourself to God, and take up the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and fight the battle of evil and all for which it stands!
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