There are a few things I would like us to observe from our passage today:
- The Power and Authority of Jesus — The picture of Jesus this passage paints in verses 11-16 are not the depictions of Jesus seen in children’s wings at churches. These word-pictures of Jesus show his power, especially when put in the context of verses 17-21, where the pictures of the Great War being waged, with Satan and his crew being thrown into the fiery lake. This should remind us that we must not try to have Jesus fit in the box that we create for Him, but rather allow our expectations for who Jesus is to be defined by what the Bible teaches about Him.
- The Ultimate End of Sin and Satan — We live in a world where we are in between the first and second comings of Christ. As some have said: we exist in the “already, but not yet” kingdom of God. For us, the Gospel brings freedom and transformation, but this freedom and transformation will not have its full effect until we are fully with Jesus. It’s easy for us to remember that our sins have been forgiven and we’ve been given new life in Christ, but this passage is helpful to remind us that sin and Satan will one day be no more, because Jesus Christ will be shown victorious.
- We Must Focus on Eternity — Admittedly, this is challenging. We know nothing but our temporal world. As a child, my head couldn’t stop spinning when I first began pondering the fact that God has existed from all eternity, and my head hasn’t slowed down much even after years of seminary classes and reading my Bible—eternity is hard to fathom! But thinking of the eternity we will spend with God because of Jesus helps us make a little more sense of the world we live in now. If nothing else, may we spend our day longing for heaven, longing to be with Jesus, and longing to see sin and its effects no longer exist!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice