|"God is not afraid of the devil. Jesus proved this for good."|
“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” (Luke 10:18)
JESUS SAW SATAN FALL TO EARTH, the Scripture tells us because he decided to exalt himself above God, and in that moment, the plan was set. Before time, before light, before land emerged out of the waters, God determined to redeem mankind from the power of the enemy. He was not surprised by the devil’s actions nor by man’s sin. He was looking at both of them when these things happened.
God is not afraid of the devil. Jesus proved this for good when He came to earth to die, a sacrifice pictured over and over again by the Israelites for many generations. He came knowing that is what He would do. He faced the enemy head-on, more than once. In the wilderness, He told him, “Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Then again, when Peter forbid Him to die on the cross, Jesus “turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”
Overwhelmed by the pressure of His pending judgment, in the Garden, Jesus wept in such agony, He sweat great drops of blood. Yet led to Golgotha’s Hill, His back muscles ripped bare, He said not one word about his innocence nor those who put Him there. Hung on the cross, with nails in His hands and His feet, He quoted the psalms, forgave a convicted criminal, and promised Him paradise, then committed His spirit to the Father.
Knowing, what He’d known since that moment He beheld Satan fall, that death was not the end but the beginning. That from death would come Resurrection and from Resurrection, a glorious body, flesh and bone, made eternal and everlasting. From Resurrection would come redemption, His blood laid on the altar of heaven as proof positive that the devil and all the kingdom of darkness were forever defeated.
Life happens and sometimes for some people it gets tough. To put it frankly – it sucks. And it seems like the enemy wins, like what the devil wanted the devil got and people are suffering for no reason. We rant at God, swinging our fists vainly in the air, and question the efficacy of what Jesus did. Why did that one have to die needlessly? Why didn’t God do something?
The answer to these questions is intricate and in God’s hands, but there is a truth we forget. He did do something. He sent Jesus to die and rise again, and even if that one dies without receiving the healing promised in the Scriptures. Even if it looks like God did nothing at all to help. Jesus is our fail-safe. With Christ in our hearts, our spirit consumed forever by the Holy Spirit, one with Him and in complete union, we have eternity within us and heaven to gain.
Even if everything looks wrong and that one we love is in glory, Jesus did that for us. Instead of blaming God needlessly and letting the questions become our own doubt and unbelief, shut the door to the enemy that Jesus defeated and face Him. because today, now, anyone who believeth in Him has everlasting life.
“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Suzanne D. Williams, Author