I suppose the devil thinks Halloween – the high holiday of Satanists, witches, and warlocks – is the celebration of the year. Let’s PARTAAY, you imps!
But, since Jesus, the devil’s back on his heels … just about all the time. Perhaps the partying is a desperate attempt to medicate the anticipation of pending doom.
Jesus haunts him.
Jesus spooks the devil
Jesus entered a synagogue in Capernaum. When he began to teach, a man with an unclean spirit screamed, “What do we have to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!”
This demon was spooked!
“Every day is a spook for the devil and his demons and Jesus does the haunting. The decisive blow has been dealt, and soon we will land the final punch” (David Mathis in When Jesus Haunts Your Halloween at desiringgod.org … my post is adapted from Mathis’ article).
James wrote that demons believe there is one God and they shudder and tremble in terror and horror. And this is no horror movie for them! It’s reality (James 2).
“Do not torment me!”
A storm had just obeyed Jesus. Crossing the Sea of Galilee, Jesus and his disciples came to the country of the Geresenes.
As Jesus’ feet hit the shoreline, a man who lived among the tombs came running and fell before him.
Day and night he would wander through the tombs and in the mountains, crying out and gashing himself with stones. He would burst chains and shackles. He was simply unable to be bound.
“What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!” (Mark 5).
“What is your name?” Jesus asked. “My name is Legion; for we are many.”
The man asked Jesus not to send him out of the country. The demons begged, “Send us into the swines that we may enter them.” Jesus permitted it, and with that, about 2,000 swine rushed down the embankment into the waters and were drowned. No small economic setback for the locals.
When the people in the area came to see what happened, they “observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind.”
Jesus haunts demons! He horrifies the devil.
Now think of it … if the incarnate Christ had total command over demons and Satan, how much more now that he is risen, glorified, and seated as a king?
“One little word shall fell him”
Martin Luther, the great Reformer of the 16th century, knew about demons. He was an overcomer. His magnificent hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, was forged in the crucible of spiritual conflict.
And though the world, with devils filled, shall threaten to undo us;
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo his doom is sure;
One little word shall fell him.
One little “boo” shall fell an imp … the devil himself is cut off at the knees because of Jesus. There is so much sovereign authority available. Just one word is enough.
John Wesley admonished us to sing with power:
“Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, then when you sung the songs of Satan.”
I fancy myself singing Luther’s hymn with stout Lutheran believers. Accompanied by a stout pipe organ of course!
The Son of God destroys the works of the devil
Let’s understand something about Jesus …
He’s not an emaciated, effeminate, merely pastoral figure! He’s a consummate warrior-king. And he’s tough.”The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3). “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him” (Colossians 2).
Is God ever nervous? Intimidated? “He who sits in the heavens laughs … Ask of Me (the Father to the Son), and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware” (Psalm 2).
Hey, Death, you’re a loser! “Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15).
What’s the end game for the devil?
How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations!
But you said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit.
Those who see you will gaze at you, they will ponder over you, saying, “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world like a wilderness and overthrew its cities, who did not allow his prisoners to go home?”
Anything you want to haunt? Maybe you and Jesus should pursue it. Thoughts?
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