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Finished: Jesus’ Decisive Battle with Satan

May 25, 2019

“It is finished.” John 19:30 (NIV)

Humanity’s conflict with the devil goes back to the beginning. Satan tempted the man and the woman and led them into the sin that forfeited paradise. They got the knowledge of evil and came under the power of the evil one. That’s been our story ever since.

But God promised a Redeemer. He said to Satan, “He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). What a picture—the Redeemer stamping on the head of the snake: The snake bites his foot with deadly poison, and in the same act, the head of the snake is crushed.

This happened at the cross: “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). At the cross, Satan was like a gambler who knew he was losing, and now was forced to put everything on the table. And Jesus swept the table.

When Jesus died he went beyond the reach of Satan. Satan could no longer tempt him, afflict him or cause him to suffer. The decisive battle with the enemy had been won.

“He shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). The Son of God became a man, fulfilled the law of God, then laid down his life as a sacrifice for us. He’s able to save sinners, and there’s nothing Satan can do to stop him! It is finished.

Can you put it in your own words what it means that Jesus triumphed over Satan at the cross?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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