Tomorrow we again celebrate the single most important event in the history of the world – the battle waged around the Son of God, Son of Man. The usurper, Satan, intended to kill the Son of God, Son of Man. Satan thought he had bagged it when Jesus was crucified. Why was it so important to him to get rid of God’s Son?
Scripture testifies to how it happened that Satan became ruler of this world,
1. Earth was given by God to man,
‘The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to man.’ Psalm 115:16
2. God wants man to look after the earth,
‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’ Genesis 2:15
3. God gave man authority to rule over creation. Satan rebelled against God. He coveted Adam’s rulership and by deceit he got it,
‘We know that we are children of God and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’ 1 John 5:19
God foreknew it would happen. Already, at the time that Satan took over the rulership from Adam, God promised that there will be a Seed of the woman who will crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). Satan was wary all the time to make sure that Seed did not destroy his reign of destruction, hatred, bloodshed, violence, et cetera. He recognized that Jesus was the promised Seed of the woman. It became Satan’s obsession to kill Him.
The four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John testify about the Son of God who became Son of Man. Jesus taught and preached and revealed the Kingdom. Satan had to get rid of Him. His time came. After Jesus endured excruciating pain he was crucified. Jesus was declared dead and buried. The grave was sealed. Guards were placed outside to make sure nothing happened to the body.
Jesus was resurrected and emerged as the eternal Victor. Satan’s efforts to get rid of Jesus failed and Satan’s loss is permanent. That is what we once again celebrate this Easter – our Savior’s eternal victory because of His immeasurable love.