Chaos and societal disintegration seem to reign.
Good people are squashed as scoundrels cruise past us unscathed.
Natural disasters and wars crush innumerable innocents, while the exploitative, wily, and manipulative rule, imbibing on life’s delectibles.
A rational observer would conclude that the forces of Light are loosing to the forces of the Darkness.
Prior to the cross, Jesus willingly surrendered to a lynch mob, to be strung Him up, mocked and murdered. As the inquisition began, He commented, “This is your hour when darkness reigns.” (Lk. 22:53)
How often have you personally felt that this was your hour when darkness reigns, as you struggled with,
- Strained or broken relationships
- Frustration over insoluble issues at home or the office
- Temptation and sin
If we are to win in our epic battle between good and evil, we need to view it through Jesus’ eyes, because He is the One who understands that the Enemy has already been defeated and the victory has been secured. As the preacher said, “Today is Friday, (crucifixion day) but Sunday is coming!” (Resurrection Day).
The truth is that Sunday has already come and the victory has already been secured:
Paul was sent to the lost “to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” (Act. 26:18) (See Lk. 4:18; 2 Cor. 4:4,6; Eph. 1:18; 5:8; I Thes. 5:4-8)
“…[Christ] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” (Col. 1:13) (See Jn. 8:31,32; Rom. 6:17-22; Heb. 2:14; I Pet. 2:9; 1 Jn. 2:8)
“…Satan, who leads the whole world astray…was hurled to the earth…” (Rev. 12:9b) (See Isa. 14:12)
Be reassured by Christ’s encouragement that “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world…because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (Jn. 16:33b; I Jn. 4:4b) (See Rom. 8:35-37; Gal. 1:4; I Jn. 5:4; Rev.2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12,22; 12:11)
So today, will you choose to rest in the fact that because Sunday has already come, the victory has been won for you? Will you this very moment choose to appropriate and enjoy His triumph?
My prayer is that you are having a great week!