Unseen war

This weekend, Christians are celebrating a strange victory over an unseen enemy.

Onlookers at Jesus Christ’s crucifixion 2,000 years ago saw it as a final defeat for him and his followers.  In fact, it was a great victory over Satan and the forces of evil.

This reminds me that we believers must never rely on our human vision and wisdom.  God is master of our world, no matter what our eyes and our minds tell us.

I said “strange victory” because Jesus won by submitting to the will of God rather than calling legions of angels to rout his enemies – human and demonic.

By giving his life as a sacrifice for us weak and sinful human beings, he satisfied the legal requirements for permitting men, women and children to enter the family of God.

So, what seemed like a stunning triumph for Satan on Good Friday, turned into his ultimate defeat on Easter Sunday when Jesus rose alive from the grave.

A friend and I spent the morning of Good Friday this week talking about what it must have been like for witnesses viewing Jesus on the cross.

Think of the Jewish religious leaders jeering at Jesus, certain they had got rid of a threatening troublemaker.  Or, the Roman soldiers scoffing at the so-called “King of the Jews”.  Or, his heartbroken followers, some of them weeping.

I’ll pick one – Mary Magdalene – who was standing at the foot of Jesus’ cross.  She must have been crushed, with questions rushing through her mind about why Jesus was dying.  She loved this extraordinary man who had turned her life around.

What a change three days later!  She stood weeping outside his empty tomb, believing the body had been stolen.  But someone asked her why she was crying and she recognized Jesus – alive again!  What joy!

In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul tells us that our struggle as believers “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”.

God has equipped us for that struggle through his word and the gift of prayer.  Every believer can play a part in that war, knowing that the Lord has already won and that we are simply cleaning up the remnants before Jesus’ return.

While Canadian Christians may be discouraged, all we need to do is look at the rapid spread of Christianity throughout the world to see that God is marching forward.


2 comments so far

  1. Madeline on

    Thank you Bob for these inspirational words. Happy Easter

  2. Robert Douglas on

    Thanks, Madeline. Have a great Easter!

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