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The battlefield had long been determined. Since the demise of Lucifer and his followers, the forces of Satan had warred against the hosts of the LORD. Yet one particular battle had been foretold—the suffering of a Servant, the payment of all sin of all time, the redemption of mankind. This battlefield was the cross.
Although Scripture doesn’t reveal to us the spiritual warfare surrounding the cross, the Gospels help us to know the struggle and agony felt by those on the scene. If we stepped into the story that has been recorded for us, we would hear the jeers of the crowd, the hammering of nails, and the likely weeping of Jesus’ followers. We would see the anguish of John the disciple and others who watched their Master dying. We would see a centurion torn between doing his job and coming to the realization that this Man nailed to a cross was the Son of God.
We would see a sign hung above Jesus’ head: King of the Jews. But He didn’t look like a king. Beaten and bloodied beyond recognition, He was hanging there almost naked, condemned to die between two thieves. Was this the King that God had promised would come? Was this really the King who would start a kingdom full of believers, in whose hearts God Himself would come to live and rule? Was this the King who could win a victory against Satan and his forces, and bring freedom from darkness, misery, and eternal separation from God?
The King gave up His spirit. How many demons laughed when Jesus breathed His last? How many demons trembled when the stone that sealed His grave was rolled away?
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:3-6 NKJV
He was alive. Not helpless and lifeless lying in a tomb. The King who died as Savior rose as Victor, and He reigns at God’s right hand (Ephesians 1:18-23). This is our risen King, ruling at the right hand of the throne of God. All things are under His feet. He has authority over every leader and power, both physical and spiritual, in the universe. Nothing happens that He does not know about. This is the King who works in us and through us, who is the head of the church. He directs us to love one another and to reach out to a lost and dying world, and He goes out with us as we do His work in the world (Mark 16:20, Matthew 28:20). He is active in speaking through us, loving through us, and ministering to those around us. Life is a partnership with our King who vanquished the power of sin and death over us and the power of Satan to deceive us and keep us in bondage.
What realities has our King won for us? This is the reality of every person who has believed in Jesus as Savior and committed his or her life to Him. By Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have:
· Forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 1:7)
· Adoption as children of God (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6-7)
· An inheritance (Ephesians 1:11)
· Citizenship in the kingdom of the Son of God’s love (Colossian 1:13)
· Oneness with other believers in Christ (Ephesians 2:13-16)
· No condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)
· The Holy Spirit who enables us not to fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16)
· The power to be conquerors through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37)
· Mighty weapons of spiritual warfare (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
· A hope that does not disappoint (Romans 5:5)
· Comfort from the Father of mercies and God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
· Christ’s own sufficient grace and perfect strength (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Since we have this reality in Christ, let’s not allow Satan and his forces to have any influence or power in our lives. We belong to a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and we serve a King who is supreme in authority, power, and love. The battle for people’s souls rages on, and our enemy wants to do everything he can to hurt the church and weaken her in our generation. Let’s not let him.
This Easter and throughout the year, remember the reality that Jesus has won for you. Live as a free, born-again child of God. Fight for the light, and spread God’s truth and love wherever you are. Our King is alive, and we serve a risen Savior!
© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman. Adapted from the article’s first publication in Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Easter Edition 2016.
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Easter, Good Friday, Jesus, Our Risen King and the Reality He Has Won, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies