The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1 John 3:8 (NIV)
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil. Heb. 2:14 (NIV)
He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Col. 2:15 (ESV)
Dear Lord Jesus, I am so thankful for the hope we have of a world and eternity completely devoid of all sin, evil, and brokenness. Though it will require your second coming, nonetheless, I am grateful for that Day, and long for it more than ever.
The Day of no more beheadings, or even kidnappings; no more human trafficking or even bad traffic; no more greed, or any form of need; no more harming in any form, just blessing in every form; no more vengeance or retaliation, just peace and reconciliation; no more broken people, places, or things; just beauty, in everyone in every place.
Thank for, Jesus, for destroying the devil’s work, by your work on the cross. His crushed head, broken dominion, and sure demise are sweetness to our souls, peace in our storms, and power for our mission. Through your shame you shamed evil and by your defeat you defeated darkness. Terror is now terrified of you. Though the devil is filled with fury, he is on a leash, knowing his time is short (Rev. 12:12).
We will not shrink back; we will not cower; we will not fear. You have won the war, and you will win the remaining battles. As full as the world is with evil and devils, it will be filled thousands of times over with beauty and you. As surely as you spoke the world into existence, you will speak the one word that will ultimately fell the devil, and spell the end to all his deadly doings. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah!
Lord Jesus, we praise, bless, and adore you, for so great a salvation and so trustworthy a hope. For your glory, we will live this day in light of that Day. So very Amen we pray, in your exalted and majestic name.