Scripture selection: Luke 22:3
“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.”
As Jesus moves steadily toward his destiny scripture makes one thing perfectly clear. Behind all the accusations, all the conflict, all the challenges to his authority, all the obstacles placed in his way – there is more than meets the eye.
Spiritual warfare is a term that has been overused and sensationalized. There have been too many bad books, filled with too many bad ideas that have been sold to a public that is both terrified and fascinated by the devil.
When I was in college the movie THE EXORCIST had just come out.
I can remember walking home alone, past midnight, after watching that eerie film. What was I thinking?
I didn’t sleep well that night.
Since then, much has been said about old Satan but I like what Christian apologist C.S. Lewis had to say. He said there were basically two errors we can make in regard to the devil. We can make too much of him and we can make too light of him.
Spiritual warfare is real and it is serious business – not just Hollywood smoke and mirrors.
On the other hand, the devil has been soundly defeated – a long time ago – by the risen Christ.
As we prepare to celebrate another Lenten Season we will come face to face with the dark forces that opposed, and still oppose, Christ and his followers.
We will also have an opportunity to celebrate the best news of all.
In the end – God wins.