Showing posts with label Satan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Satan. Show all posts

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Authority over Satan

Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness by rejecting his temptations and lies. The effects of that victory were demonstrated when he exercised authority over demonic forces in the village of Capernaum near the Sea of Galilee. The first incident occurred in the local synagogue, typically, a place where Jews would gather to study the Torah and pray.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

The Kingdom Herald

After his baptism, the Spirit “drove Jesus into the wilderness… for forty days and nights.” Like Moses on Sinai, the Messiah of Israel found himself alone in the wilderness where he was tested and molded by Yahweh. His only guide was the Word of God. Like Israel, he was “tested.” Unlike Israel, he overcame every challenge and emerged victorious and “FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” Only then did he begin to proclaim the Good News in the villages of Galilee.

Friday, January 26, 2024

Servant or Caesar?

Satan tempted Jesus by offering him political power over “all the kingdoms of the world,” an offer he emphatically refused. Instead of power and grandeur, he submitted to the way of the ‘Suffering Servant’ that led inevitably to death on the Roman cross. The most startling detail of this encounter is that Jesus did not dispute the Devil’s claim to have jurisdiction over the political systems of the world.