Jesus Died To Defeat Satan

“Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil…” Hebrews 2:14 GNT

Jesus died to defeat Satan.Since he first fell from love, Satan has continually accused God of being a vengeful, severe, and arbitrary tyrant. He claims that his all-for-me, survival-of-the-fittest, reward-and-punishment kingdom is actually God’s. Men have largely bought into Satan’s lie and fear of God has been the result.

A Divine Trap

However, in defending himself, Satan stepped into a divine trap that really was no trap at all. God has consistently operated without trick, secrecy, or violence. Satan did what God knew he would do because the devil cannot fathom divine love (neither could anyone else before the death of Christ). Satan was amazed that God would choose to die. Such a thing never entered his most far-fetched dreams. Consequently, he overreached himself and irretrievably proved himself a liar before the entire universe. In killing Jesus, he lost his case, revealing that judgment, condemnation, punishment, blood-sacrifice, and death are not and never have been part of God’s kingdom. Who could believe Satan’s lies after watching Jesus die?

“Yet I do proclaim a message of wisdom to those who are spiritually mature. But it is not the wisdom that belongs to this world or to the powers that rule this world—powers that are losing their power. The wisdom I proclaim is God’s secret wisdom, which is hidden from human beings, but which he had already chosen for our glory even before the world was made. None of the rulers of this world knew this wisdom. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1 Corinthians 2:6-8

Satan Unmasked

For all of Satan’s cunning and sophistry, he did not understand that Jesus’ death would be his undoing—until it was too late. God unmasked the great deceiver at Calvary. His unbridled lust for conquest and power, even the dominion of God’s throne, was fully revealed. In the light of the death of Christ, Satan will, at last, become an object of universal abhorrence. At that point, God will leave him to the intrinsic consequences of His descriptive laws and the devil himself will succumb at last of the infection incubated so long ago in his primeval heart, the very infection with which he imperiled the entire universe.

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