Samson and Jesus

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There are some amazing similarities between Samson and Jesus. Bayless Conley shares a few to ponder.

For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines  (Judges 13:5). 

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS  (Luke 1:31). 

There are some amazing similarities between Samson and Jesus.  Here are a few parallels to ponder:

  • Samson was betrayed by Delilah.  Jesus was betrayed by Judas.
  • Samson was taken prisoner and tortured by the Philistines.  Jesus was taken prisoner and tortured by the Romans.
  • Samson, while being mocked in Dagon’s temple, wrought his greatest victory and gave the Philistines their worst defeat—the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life. Jesus, while being mocked on the cross by his persecutors, wrought His greatest victory and handed hell its ultimate defeat.  And He did it through His death.

It is said that Samson “began to deliver Israel,” indicating that his work was to be carried on by others.  Jesus has left the work of evangelism to us.  Though He paid the price, we are to carry the good news of His victory to the ends of the earth.

As you think about these similarities, I want you to especially consider the last one I presented.  Once we receive the gospel, we are then to be carriers of the gospel. Tell someone about Jesus and what He has done for them—today!

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