One of our family’s favorite games is a card game called Unstable Unicorns. It’s so fun, but the twists and turns in the game can be infuriating. You’ll be close to victory, feeling like no one can stand in your way, and then all of a sudden, one of your kids turns all your unicorns to pandas and snatches victory from your grasp.
I imagine that in the days leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion, Satan thought victory was about to be his. Jesus was betrayed by one of His closest friends. He was arrested, mocked, beaten, and hung on a cross to die a humiliating, agonizing death. But the devil’s moment of victory turned out to be his humiliation and defeat.
This month we’re walking through the verses of an Easter hymn, “Worship Christ the Risen King.” Last week’s verses described Christ’s victory over death and hell. The next verse describes His decisive victory over the devil:
“Hear the earth protest and tremble, see the stone removed with pow’r;
All hell’s minions may assemble, but cannot withstand his hour.
He has conquered, he has conquered, Christ the Lord, the risen King!”
The apostle Paul wrote about this victory in his letter to the Colossians. (In context, “this” refers to the debt we owed for our sin.)
“This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (Colossians 2:14b-15)
According to the ESV Study Bible, “The cross of Christ marks the decisive defeat of the demonic powers. On the cross, they were stripped of their power to accuse Christians before God.” The death and resurrection of Jesus proved that Satan and his demons couldn’t stop God’s plan of redemption. We still battle against the forces of evil in this world, but they’ve been publicly put to shame by the cross of our Savior.
The author of Hebrews described it this way:
“. . . [Jesus] himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)
The devil’s power has been destroyed, and we’ve been delivered. The one who enslaved us in fear has been defeated by our risen King!
No matter what you face this week, Christ has disarmed the devil.Share