‘…He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them.’ Colossians 2:15 NKJV
Standing on the deck of a US aircraft carrier at the end of the Pacific war, in an historic moment never to be forgotten, General MacArthur walked over to Tojo, the Japanese leader, and publicly stripped him of all his symbols of power. And that’s what Jesus did for you at the cross. ‘Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them.’ First, Tojo wanted peaceful coexistence, then compromise, then concessions. But he got none, because he was powerless. In a card game an opponent with an empty hand will try to bluff and bully you. But when you know you have a winning hand you can face him down, because knowledge is power. And your power over Satan comes from knowing that he’s a defeated foe. He was once known as the anointed cherub, but now Christ is the Anointed One. He was once known as an angel of light, but now Christ is the Light of the World. He was once known as the morning star, but now Christ is the Bright and Morning Star. He was once a heavenly worshipper, but now Jesus says, ‘In the presence of the congregation, I will sing Your praises.’ (Hebrews 2:12 NIV) He was once known as one of the sons of God, but now Jesus declares, ‘I am the Son of God.’ Satan is called the prince of this world, but Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Satan is called a roaring lion, but Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah who has prevailed over him (Revelation 5:5). Rejoice, Satan is defeated!
SoulFood: Joel 2:12-32, Mk 9:2-27
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012