Imagine a great warrior who rules over his inhabitants with mercy and justice and whose every citizen is faithful and loyal to him.
This great warrior's name is Love and he has an intimate, personal relationship with each of his subjects. Furthermore, Love chooses to impart his full kingly authority over the land to his subjects and then charges them to care for and protect his kingdom. The whole land which is subject to these citizens enjoys peace and prosperity.
But then the unthinkable happens (unthinkable because it has never happened in this kingdom before): an enemy from a foreign land invades on a stealth mission and overthrows the authority of these citizens through a deceit tactic, essentially tricking them into abandoning their authority to their enemy.
As the rightful rule over the land is stolen away by the enemy, the kingdom which had never experienced anything but peace is suddenly plunged into a curse since the citizens no longer focus on Love, but are instead tainted by the enemy to such an extent that they turn on each other and use their strength to destroy rather than to bless.
Love is so extremely distressed about this situation that he proclaims then and there that the enemy will be destroyed, not immediately, but sometime in the future through his co-labor with his citizens. This sparks a small light of hope within his citizens, but as the land and people's hearts grow darker and darker, this prophecy of hope begins to fade. In fact, the land becomes so dark that only a single family remains loyal to Love.
The great warrior has no choice. If he doesn't intervene in this moment, there will no longer be a trace of hope left. In a great battle of chaos and turmoil, Love slaughters the inhabitants of the land so that only that single family which was loyal to him remains alive. It is the great reset, the chance to start again. But even the darkness in this family lingers on, and though the earth was removed of the stains that threatened its existence, darkness still prevails over light.
None of this was unforeseen to Love, though, who makes his next move in such simplicity and precision that the enemy can't see it coming. He chooses a single man and calls him to follow in the ways of Love. Through that man, a family and ultimately an entire nation of people are established as an ally base against the darkness of the nations around it. It is through this ally base that Love himself steps into the story, though not without great sacrifice and the threat of death.
Love walks among his people, but his people can't recognize him. They stumble over a stumbling block because they assumed the great warrior would be like the enemy's warriors who majored in brutality and dominance. In contrast, Love is merciful on the poor and weak, yet harsh on the respected elite of his own citizens who fail to help the lowest of society. In the end, the enemy convinces Love's own people to betray their king and murder him.
But this too, was not unforeseen by Love. In fact, it was all according to his plan. Since Love's own citizens were living as prisoners of war, not necessarily to the enemy, but to the darkness within them, they were unable to follow the ways of Love. Even if Love took back the authority to rule the land from the enemy and restored it to his citizens, darkness would still prevail. This darkness ruling the hearts of his citizens needed to be restored before the land could be healed.
It must be noted that these prisoners of war were not innocent soldiers taken in duty. They were treasonous renegades who deserved the worst punishment that could be offered. The enemy knew this from the beginning and used it as leverage against the great warrior. A debt had to be paid for the war crimes committed by Love's citizens, and only Love himself could be worthy to pay the price that justice demanded. And that's exactly what he would do.
As a sacrifice to eradicate the darkness within the hearts of his subjects, Love willingly became the darkness that inhabited them so that they could become the light of his love. Of his own volition, the great warrior descends into the depths of death to even out the accounts of his people, but he doesn't stop there.
The great warrior who gives his life in exchange for the prisoners of war had lived a perfect life and there was no reason for him to die. The enemy who agreed to sacrifice the great warrior tries with all his might to imprison Love in the bonds of death, but the power of an innocent life is too great even for the darkest evil.
作為戰爭的重大轉折點，愛以謙虛的勝利從墳墓中升起，戰勝了奴役他的公民的黑暗。 一旦敵人的力量被擊敗，愛就能夠用他的愛之光交換其公民心中的黑暗。 對於所有選擇進行這種偉大交換，他們的黑暗被籠罩在愛的犧牲的永恆迴響中，他的公民給給予新的心來跟隨愛的方式，並作為士兵來戰勝被擊敗的黑暗 。
As the great turning point in the war, Love rises from the grave in a humble triumph over the darkness that enslaves his people. Once the power of the enemy is defeated, Love is able to exchange the darkness in the hearts of his citizens for the light of his love. For all who choose to engage in this great exchange, their darkness is slain in the eternal echo of Love's sacrifice that would ring throughout eternity, and his citizens are given a new heart to follow the ways of Love and fight as soldiers against the defeated darkness.
Multitudes reject this great warrior's sacrifice, but multitudes of others accept it, exchanging their darkness for light and receiving again the authority to rule over the land with mercy and justice. Then they go out to proclaim the new kingdom that begins by ruling in the hearts of men and then proceeds to bless all of creation, and as many as accept it become new citizens of Love's kingdom.
這就是聖經的故事，我們歷史的故事，以及我們每一生的目的。 有一天，愛的王國將被完全恢復，他的勝利將吞噬死亡。 在那之前，我們像愛的好士兵一樣戰鬥，始終相信為我們而死和復活的國王將有一天再次來，以使一切都變好。
This is the story of the Bible, the story of our history, and the purpose of each of our lives. One day, the kingdom of Love will be restored in full and death will be swallowed up in his victory. Until then, we fight like good soldiers of Love, always believing that the king who died and rose for us will return again one day to make all things right.