Jesus’ Power Over Satan

January 31, 2013 | Tags: , ,

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As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

“What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him.

As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

John 13:27, 30 NIV84

In this brief exchange between Jesus and Judas His betrayer, Jesus subtly yet powerfully demonstrates His power over Satan. While the devil had been working in Judas during the time he spent with Jesus, this was the moment Satan actually entered into him so the betrayal could occur. Without the betrayal and the subsequent events afterward, Jesus could not have died on the cross. Without Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, humanity would never have a way back to God.

Even in the inconceivable notion that evil mankind killed the Son of God on a cross, God was still in control the entire time. In order for the horrific death of Jesus to occur, God had to command Satan to act. And that is precisely what happened here. Jesus had to give Satan permission, using Judas, to begin the chain of events that would lead to His crucifixion. Jesus had to allow His own death to occur.

We know Jesus had the power to stop it. While being arrested Gethsemane later that night, Peter tried to protect Him by drawing his sword and cutting off the ear of the servant of the high priest. Jesus told him to put his sword back and said, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” (Matt. 26:53-54 NIV84).

 God is the one in control over Satan, not the other way around. Neither does Satan have free reign. He must obey God’s commands. What happened as soon as Jesus told Judas to “do [it] quickly?” Judas obeyed right away. Satan must obey God. That is the power of God over Satan.

Even when circumstances seem completely chaotic or unfathomable that God would allow such horror to occur in our world today, think of what God allowed in order to have His own Son killed. Nothing could be worse. God’s original creation, man, made in His image, fell into sin, and eventually killed the Son of God brutally on a cross. But God had a plan. Only He could use horrible tragedy to bring about the most incredible redemption humanity has ever seen. In the middle of tragedy, we cannot understand. The disciples didn’t either. But in time, looking back, the beautiful picture begins to come into focus while the horror of it begins to fade. In heaven, we will see it all in full. And we will praise God continually.

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”

Revelation 5:11-12 NIV84

By Courtney Silberman

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