Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Pastor W. Monroe Campbell

Scripture: Luke 22:41-42

We have come to that season that we know as Advent.  Conceptually, the word derived from the Biblical word, ‘Parousia,’ that is associated with the ‘Coming of the Lord.’

Given this focus, the question may be raised, “Why did Christ come to begin with and yes, why is He coming again?”

I offer to you that He came to redeem, reconcile and restore us to the joy of an eternal relationship with God. We were created in God’s image and after God’s likeness and to be in relationship to and with God. 

This was compromised when we yielded to cunningness of Satan, our adversary and enemy. Jesus comes to overcome and overthrow the devil. Advent is our word of the Defanging and Defeating of the Devil. 

The Devil operates with the tools of deceit, disillusionment and death.  He tried his craft with Jesus in the wilderness temptations (Luke 4:1-13), but failed because Jesus knew who he was and did not give in to his deceit and appeal to vanity, valuelessness and veiled truth.

Jesus engaged in a preliminary act of defanging the devil that was a prelude to the cross wherein He would radically defang him. Please note that Jesus was in full human form and was vulnerable.  The Devil had worked on Him over forty days. He appealed to Jesus’ appetite, vanity and presumed greed.  Failing, the Devil limped away to await another opportunity. 

A follow up came when Jesus approached the cross. Luke 4:42 renders it, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.’

When He submits to death on the cross, the Devil cast his fang into Jesus. Yet, on the third day, when the Devil believes he has overcome Christ, the fang is removed and the chains of death are broken for Jesus gets up, He arises from death.

The Devil has been defanged.  He no longer has an eternal hold on those who love the Lord and the groundwork has been laid for his defeat.

Given all of this, Advent is a glorious time in the life of the Church for it is when we recognize that Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God, has come to earth and overcomes the Devil; He redeems, reconciles and restores us to the joy of an eternal relationship with God.

Given that, we are positioned to live a victorious life.  When we find ourselves under assault by the Devil, remember who we are and whose we are.  Look to Jesus and in Him find the model for defanging the Devil. 

Continuously look to Jesus so that the devil would not have victory in our lives. 

 

 

Category: Religion




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