When He had received the drink, Jesus said “It is finished.” With that he bowed his head and gave up His spirit.
By this act, the devil was defeated and remains defeated…
Jesus defeated him!
And Scripture confirms it in Colossians 2:15 saying “…And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
But despite this, some of us think that the devil still needs to be defeated and so week after week we meet and call down fire, throw spears, bring out chains, whips, arrows and all kinds of battle weapons and then spend hours stamping on the devil, sitting on the devil, slapping the devil, punching the devil all in an effort to defeat Him…
And when at the end of the week we face some misfortune, we attribute it to the devil and spend the next week in battle with him again, not realizing that we are trying to complete finished work!
What we forget is that, “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Because Satan could not stop Jesus, and was defeated, he has been trying to fool the church into thinking that he has real power. But in truth is the only power that the devil has is the power we give him.
Revelation 12:11 says “and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony”
Just as Jesus defeated him in the wilderness by the Word, we only have to speak the Word of God to remind the devil that he has been defeated and that we know he is powerless. But to do this…we must know our Word
As we close out this year and enter into a new liturgical year…let us stop having these fictitious battles with the devil…rather let us study our Word and enter confidently into the peaceful and assured rest of the Lord, knowing that the devil is powerless to harm us. Amen.