“What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” Luke 8:28
Artists paint him with big horns, a tail, red and scary. They say he can go through walls, breath fire and drag you to hell. He is the scariest figure in human history. He is the source of all evil and many believe he is the reason why we do bad things. He lives in our nightmares and occupies our imagination. He has been around since before the world was made and has always been our adversary. He is called by Lucifer, the Devil, Satan, and Beelzebub.
For all who must contend with this evil spirit, for all who count him as an enemy, I have the greatest news, he is totally defeated and since the beginning has had to ultimately submit to the power of Christ. He was defeated on the cross. We are free from the death he brought upon humanity. We are no longer subject to sin and darkness. We are no longer helplessly in bondage; we are set free indeed by the truth and the way which is Jesus Christ. (John14:6) Concerning the big horns and tail, I really don’t know.
Jesus in his ministry immediately showed his power over Satan. He first defeated him in the wilderness when he rebuffed all of the devil’s attempts to cause Him to sin. Jesus then showed his might over all demons casting them out, regardless of the nature of the evil spirit, even those called legion; a special case where three to six thousand demons may have inhabited the host.
I personally revel in the fact that the demons showed actual fear and reverence toward our savior. One evil spirit actually said to Jesus “Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” (Luke 4:34) On another occasion a legion had this to say “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” (Luke 8:28) Thousands of demons begging Jesus for mercy, how can we begin to understand the greatness, fierceness, and power of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Why must we fear? Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” The beloved apostle John adds “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) The “He” that is in us is God and He is greater than the Devil who is in the world.
Therefore we must do as Jesus did; resist the Devil, for he shall surely flee, defeated for all times. (James 4:7)
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