Jesus is victorious. Jesus has disarmed the enemy and shown us all what they are made of. Jesus is triumphant.
Praise GOD! Jesus was not defeated that day at Calvary! Satan had his moment of gloating only to be defeated the moment Jesus rose out of the tomb! Death was not the end…but only the beginning of what would be the most glorious victory for all! John 11:25 says,
…I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.
As believers we do not have to be afraid of death! We know we have an eternal home in Heaven with the Savior and we have victory here on earth. He has gone to prepare a place for us. His promises are true and eternal. As the Apostle Paul stated,
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
We can experience victory, peace and joy in the midst of trials and difficulties that will come our way. John 16:33 says,
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Jesus not only dealt with sin and the Law on the cross, but He also dealt with Satan. Speaking about His crucifixion,
Jesus said, “Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out”
The death of the Messiah on the cross looked like a great victory for Satan, but it turned out to be a great defeat from which Satan cannot recover.
Jesus had three great victories on the cross. First, He “disarmed the powers and authorities” (Col. 2:15, NIV), stripping Satan and his army of whatever weapons they held. Satan cannot harm the believer who will not harm himself. It is when we cease to watch and pray (as did Peter) that Satan can use his weapons against us.
Second, Jesus “made a public spectacle” (Col. 2:15, NIV) of the enemy, exposing Satan’s deceit and vileness. In His death, resurrection, and ascension, Christ vindicated God and vanquished the devil.
His third victory is found in the word triumph. Whenever a Roman general won a great victory on foreign soil, took many captives and much loot, and gained new territory for Rome, he was honored by an official parade known as “the Roman triumph.” Paul alluded to this practice in his Second Letter to the Corinthians (see 2 Cor. 2:14). Jesus the Messiah won a complete victory, and He returned to glory in a great triumphal procession. In this, He disgraced and defeated Satan.
You and I share in His victory over the devil. We need not worry about the elemental forces that govern the planets and try to influence men’s lives. The satanic armies of principalities and powers are defeated and disgraced! As we claim the victory of Jesus, use the equipment He has provided for us, and trust Him, we are free from the influence of the devil.
What a wonderful position and provision we have in the Messiah Jesus! Are we living up to it by faith?
- Colossians 2:15— 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
- Romans 8:38–39 — 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in the Messiah Jesus our Master.
- 1 Corinthians 15:24–25 — 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.
- Ephesians 1:21–22 — 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
- Ephesians 4:8 — 8 Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.”
- Psalm 68:18 — 18 You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even among the rebellious also, that Yahweh [the Lord] God may dwell there.