Jesus the Destroyer, a Christmas Story

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Revelelation 12:1-5, Genesis 3:14-15, Isaiah 9:6-7, I John 3:8, Romans 8:1-2, Colossians 2:15 & Revelation 12:12

            Steve preached an inspiring message today based on 1 John 3:8 and how the Savior came to destroy the works of the devil. While we will go to our grave committing sin, we should hate those sins and the devil who entices us to commit them. We are all susceptible to sin because of the sinful nature we inherited from Adam, which Satan seeks to exploit.

            “The way Jesus destroyed that is to give you a new heart,” Steve said. “You are born again with a fleshly heart filled with the Holy Spirit. Why do you still sin? Because that work is not complete. Sometimes you have lust, greed and (other things) you have to fight. But you want to fight them because Jesus has given you a new heart.”

            He then referred to Romans 8:1-2, which assures us there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. That sums things up: the law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death. Steve compared this to overcoming the law of gravity. The only way to supersede gravity is to use the law of lift; the Spirit overcomes the death inherent in sin.

            Steve also noted that Jesus triumphed over the devil at the cross—as Colossians 2:15 says, He “disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame.” One reason scary movies are scary is because they make the devil look big, but in reality Christ intended to humiliate Satan and disgrace his powers. Revelation 12:12 says the enemy’s time is short and so he is trying to run amok, but he is on a leash. His time is limited and he isn’t allowed to do whatever he wants; he is still subject to the King of Kings.

            Therefore, even though we may face trials on this earth, the small blip of time now compared to life in eternity is one reason we can rejoice no matter what we face. Steve spent a good deal of time reading a narrative poem, “Enter the Dragonslayera,” which was written by a staff member of John Piper’s ministry.

            “He knows his time is short,” Steve said, referring to the poem. “That statement went right through me. You are one of the billions (saved for God’s) glory. It’s to the devil’s shame that you have rescued. . . . God in His mercy is the rescuer and the destroyer or the devil’s work.”