About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
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In Ephesians 6:12 Paul
said that our fight is "against powers of the dark world …
spiritual forces of evil (NIV)".
The powers and authorities Paul referenced in Colossians 2:15 and
the darkness that dominated the last few hours of Jesus earthly life were
demonic powers. It appears to
me that when Jesus was arrested this demonic army began to crash down upon
Him in all of its furious anger and terror that culminated in His execution.
It's not that this
satanic assault usurped God's universal authority because it didn't.
It was God's will to crush Jesus and cause Him to suffer (Isaiah
53:10). How heart wrenching it
must have been for God to hear Jesus ask, "Why have you forsaken me
(Mark 15:34)?" Humanity
cannot begin to imagine what this satanic assault looked liked.
The painful agony, the haunting loneliness, and the horror of it all,
is beyond human comprehension.
The Greek word "apekdyomai"
is translated as "disarmed" in Colossians 2:15.
It means "to drive away from one's self."
It's an aorist Greek participle and in context it means that in one
moment of time Jesus drove away from Himself the darkness that was
attempting to eliminate His very existence.
This Greek participle tells us that Jesus didn't disarm this
demonic force by taking away its powers.
These evil powers are still a force to be reckoned with (Ephesians
6:10 - 19). Jesus drove the
darkness away from Himself and thus triumphed over it.
In my mind I picture this to be one explosive, even violent, display
of power. I doubt
that the most creative
disgraced the darkness when He pushed it way from Himself.
It was a public victory as Paul said.
Of course, humanity couldn't see into the spiritual world where
Jesus' victory was a public display, but the angels in Heaven would have
seen it. I picture the
heavenly angelic world rising in unison and erupting into a massive and
exuberant outburst of celebratory applause.
I've sat in a stadium with 50,000 screaming baseball fans but their
celebration would be a boring yawn when compared to this outburst of
emotion by myriads of angelic beings.
These powers of darkness
that came crashing down on Jesus still swirl around us in the spirit world
today. I'm confident that
Jesus can help us drive them away from our lives, but they're not our only
enemy. The Apostle James told
us that we are dragged away from Jesus by our own evil desires.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, but Paul was right when he
proclaimed that our Lord Jesus Christ can rescue us from our body of sin
(Romans 7:24 -25).
While living in the
suburbs of Washington, D. C., in the early 1980's I discovered American
patriotism as is sung in the presidential anthem "Hail to the
Chief". Well, my
patriotism is directed to the Chief of Chiefs.
I sing, "All hail the power of Jesus name, let angels
prostrate fall, bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of
Jesus is supreme over all
things spiritual and all things material.
He is one of a kind. There
is no one just like Him. He
has no competition. He has no
rivals. He causes nations to
rise and He causes nations to fall. He
is ultimate truth. His word is
final. All things were created
by Him and for Him. Those who
oppose Him will eventually fall at His feet and concede that Jesus has
always been, and forever will be, Lord of all.
We give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ because being Lord
He has become our Saviour. He
stood strong when darkness dominated.
In one moment of an authoritative, dynamic display of power, He
drove away the darkness from His presence.
He is the ultimate champion.