Last week I posted the lyrics from the hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."
And the words that seemed to resonate with people were these:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.
These words thrilled me too.
And I got to thinking – (thinking seems to happen to me from time to time).
I wonder what that *one little word* is that will fell our ancient enemy…
I could think of many phrases –
Get thee behind me.
It is written.
Go take a hike…
All those phrases, and many more, would be effective to rebuke the devil – to resist and repel him.
But what would *fell* him?
First of all, I am not the one who will do the felling. There is only One mighty enough to do that. He is the coming King…
…Faithful and True.
So what might He say?
I think the *one little word* might be –
I read this wonderful Christian fiction book a few weeks ago (The Redeemer, by Linda Rios Brook). In it, she tells the whole life story of Jesus on this earth, as seen through the eyes of a "junior" demon.
It is vivid.
The scene that sticks out in my mind is right after Jesus has been flogged. Lucifer is also present at this moment. He has been desperately trying to get Jesus killed before He reaches the cross.
The soldiers lift Jesus to His feet, and then they let go of Him.
And He stands.
He looks up at Satan, through a bloody and swollen face. And He says this:
"Is that all you’ve got?"
(Just gives me goosebumps...)
It was the beginning of the end for our enemy. And he knew it. A few short hours later, our Lord uttered the fateful words, "It is finished."
And that was the moment when the enemy's "…doom was sure."
There is coming a day when Jesus arrives back on this earth. A day when He looks at the travesty of religion. A day when He observes the havoc that evil has wreaked. The day when He will end the ravages of sin – a day when every knee shall bow.
A day when He looks the enemy straight in the eye and says…
Satan knows he's on borrowed time. That’s why he's so busy.
Because he knows there's a day of reckoning coming. A day when his hated enemy, Jesus, will utter just one little word…
…and he will be gone in one fell swoop.
I know it, too – and so today I'm claiming Jesus' ultimate, indisputable victory.
Today I'm saying to all my worries, fears, temptations, angers, misgivings, doubts – all the distractions of living on the sin side of eternity…
(Linked today with Wendy at Faith's Firm Foundation for Mondays are G.R.E.A.T.)
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