Shane and Shane Embracing Accusation
Outside of Christ we are left guilty in our sin. Without Jesus, Satan can and will accuse and keep us as slaves. Satan knows clearly the curse of God, that the wages of sin is death, that we have all gone astray from God, that we do not love God, that we are in love with ourselves and want to live for ourselves. Satan knows this self love and desire to live apart from God is death for us…and he loves it. HOWEVER!!! Jesus, on the cross has defeated Satan and the evil one’s grip on us by becoming our substitute, atoning for our sin, receiving the wrath of God in our place leaving Satan powerless over us. He can accuse but we and the Lord remind him that we are no longer his, that Jesus saves and removes the sting of death and hell. No World-war, civil-war, civil rights, Super-bowl, World-cup, Master’s, WarCraft, Settlers or Scrabble victory even comes close to the victory in which Jesus has utterly destroyed Satan. All victories, worthy or not, big and small pale in comparison to Jesus’ victory. When a big city team wins the super-bowl the city celebrates and the players get a ring and the losers go home and regroup for next year. When Jesus defeated Satan and sin, believers, angels and the Trinity celebrate, all the children of God receive rings and the loser is left powerless over believers and faces certain destruction. Jesus’ victory is one of eternal worth, one of eternal freeing, one of unending contemplations and praise…and one of ultimate smack-down as Satan and his real power over us is extinguished. It is a victory that pushes God’s people out into the world with confidence in God as we proclaim the Good News…the Best News to all the world.
We miss many vital aspects of the cross when we think only in terms of forgiveness…however awesome and amazing it is! Sinclair B. Ferguson in his chapter Christus Victor et Propititiator The Death of Christ, Substitute and Conqueror, in For the Fame of God’s Name dives into the word and helps us to see that Jesus is the one who defeats Satan and delivers us from death and slavery.
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”(John 3:8)
“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (Col0ssians 2:15)
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he 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)
Ferguson compares Adam and Eve’s temptation in the garden with Jesus’ in the desert brilliantly. …
“Jesus, as the Man full of the Spirit (Luke 4:1), was driven into the desert by the Holy Spirit. Temptation does not merely “come” to him; he goes to it. He attacks it….He appears as the divine champion, as it were, entering into enemy-occupied territory under the guidance of the Spirit as the director of spiritual intelligence. Miss this, and we miss the point of the narrative: it is a declaration of war, an attack on the one who claims to be the ruler of this world (Luke 4:6). Rather than overcome Jesus, Satan is comprehensively defeated, and in sovereign manner dismissed by his conqueror with the words, “Away from me, Satan!” (Matthew 4:10)”
Later…”The judgment and driving out of Satan will take place not simply by Jesus’ refusal of Satan’s temptations and his storming of the positions that the demons have occupied. Rather it will be specifically when the Son of Man is lifted up on the cross (John 12:31-32). It is in the event of his going to the Father by way of a death thus interpreted that Jesus arises and advances to meet and defeat his enemy (John 14:31).”
“Worship is theology set to music. The praises of Christ are christology in song since we praise him for who he is and for what he has done. Praise is therefore energized and expanded by an increased vision of his accomplishments, and correspondingly limited whenever it fails to show forth the totality of his work.”
“In the light of their sense of Christ’s victory over Satan and the powers of darkness, the early disciples went into the world proclaiming Christ the Redeemer and Conqueror. If share their appreciation for Christ’s triumph, we will also share their passion to proclaim it. For we live in light of the fact: Jesus has triumphed over Satan.”
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)”