As is my annual tradition, here is an updated version of a blog I first posted in 2008. It expresses why this day is special, and why it is indeed the most important day in our Christian faith and after all these years I cannot say it any better than I did back “in the day”
There is one thing that strikes fear in the heart of our enemy. There is one thing that makes him shake in his boots. There is one thing he will do everything in his power to prevent a believer from learning, or worse yet-understanding. There is one thing that keeps him up at night. There is one thing that he knows spells doom to his devilish plans for us individually and collectively as the church.
As hard as it is to believe, there is one thing available to us as God's children that will enable us to look our enemy in the eye and tell him where to go. There is one thing, which if we learn and understand it, will allow us to repel his incessant attacks and cause his fiery darts to fall harmlessly to the ground. There is, indeed, one great element of truth that provides us with both defensive protection as well as a lethal offensive weapon to use against the devil.
If I have not managed to spark your curiosity by now, I suppose you should move on to another blog. What I am going to share with you will give you the ammunition to not only effectually deal with our adversary, but also more effectively help others. I assume that is what we want to do, or we wouldn't waste our time writing and reading these things.
The great secret I want to share with you deals with the understanding of what "True Christianity" is all about. In the process of looking at this, very important truths will come up. These truths are what the enemy does everything he can do to prevent a believer from learning.
In I Corinthians 2:5-12 the Word of God states:
"That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. However, we speak wisdom amount those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, Which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God ."
Obviously there is something quite profound being alluded to in these verses. Whatever this hidden and mysterious wisdom of God is, it is huge and it is reserved for those able to handle the strong meat of God's Word. This wisdom of God is revealed by way of the Spirit so that we may ultimately know the things which are freely given to us by God.
If the devil had known about this deep and hidden wisdom; he would not have had Jesus crucified. Considering that the single event the devil took the greatest pride in was the crucifixion, whatever this mysterious deep wisdom of God amounts to, must be profound for the devil to regret having Jesus crucified. This hidden wisdom of God cannot be strictly limited to the resurrection, for it had been prophesied about in the Old Testament. No, it had to be something that cannot be found in the Bible. It had to something the devil was in no way prepared to handle and never saw coming.
The devil is a lot of things, but he is NOT stupid. He knows how to read and he knows the scriptures better than most believers do. When he was tempting Jesus, he quoted scripture at him. The devil has regular training classes for his minions and part of the curriculum is scripture memorization. Demons know what the written Word says, but they do not have the ability to UNDERSTAND what it means.
God inspired the prophet Isaiah to write the moving prophecy of the Messiah's suffering in Isaiah 53. The account of what Jesus would have to go through, the extent of his physical injury and mental humiliation was plainly laid out in those painful verses. Because these verses were in the written Word, the devil and his princes were able to blind the eyes of the people Jesus came to redeem. They rejected him as being their Messiah mainly because he did not immediately become their king and lead Israel to glory.
Because they did not believe Jesus was the Messiah, they listened to and allowed the princes of the world to inspire them to do all the things prophesied in Isaiah. Even as they were literally fulfilling things spoken about hundreds of years earlier; it meant nothing to them since they didn't believe this Jesus fellow was anything but a deceiver and troublemaker. Since, in their minds, he was not the Messiah; their actions could not be interpreted as fulfilling the Isaiah prophecy.
For three days and nights the entire universe waited after the death of Jesus to see who was right and who was wrong. There was no way the devil believed Jesus would be raised from the dead. Even if he was, as Lazarus was raised by Jesus earlier, he would still be a man who could be killed again. The devil truly believed he did the right thing in having Jesus crucified. It not only eliminated a thorn in his side, in his mind it would prove he was smarter, better and bigger than God.
That Saturday evening in hell, the gang was sitting around playing cards and celebrating their victory over God. The booze was flowing and every demon in the place was enjoying the party. In their heart of hearts they truly believed they had won the eternal battle against God. Unlike long ago,there would be no fall for Lucifer this time around. He was flaunting his arrogance is such a disgusting way, even some of the demons were getting agitated.
SUDDENLY, in a moment of time, in the twinkling of the eye, there in the midst of hell's grand party stood the resurrected Christ Jesus. Talk about stupefied silence. For a moment in time, hell's fury was vanquished. For a moment in time, the nemesis of God and His people was dumbfounded. What could he say? The last thing he expected was for Christ Jesus to show up in his living room in hell witnessing the power of God.
The devil knew what was going on. He knew it was over. Without knowing the details of HOW God did it, he knew that for Christ Jesus to be there in his spirit domain; God had done something totally unexpected and unbeatable when he raised Jesus from the dead. Christ never had to say a word, his mere presence spoke volumes. The devil had bet everything on God's inability to do anything more than physically raise Jesus from the dead. Never in a million eternities could the devil know that God had all along been planning to raise Jesus Christ with ETERNAL LIFE SPIRIT.
That's it folks. That was what the devil did not and could not know. This was God's secret known only to Him for ages upon ages. God knew that 72 hours after His son died, He would raise him from the dead with eternal life spirit and make His son an ETERNAL LIFE SPIRITUAL BEING just as He is. The moment God raised Jesus; death had no more dominion over him. The moment he was raised from the dead, the devil was eternally beaten in his age-old competition with the Only True God.
Hallelujah and Praise be to God. Thank God He knew how to keep a secret! Thank God that He knew all along how He was going to render the devil the loser with a capital L forever. I so look forward to our time in the future when God will pull out of the archives the DVD of that moment in time when Jesus appeared in hell witnessing the undeniable and eternal power of God. I so long to see the expression on his hideous face when he saw before him the LORD CHRIST JESUS. I so want to hear those words come out of his filthy mouth when he had to bow before the risen Christ and acknowledge that HE WAS LORD.
The beginning point in understanding what this incredible power and wisdom of God that I Corinthians 2 speaks of is all about rests in the understanding of what transpired when God raised Jesus from the dead. The princes of this world inspired the religious leaders of Jesus' time to apprehend him, beat him, humiliate him and crucify him. As Isaiah says, he was so beaten up physically, he could not be recognized as being a man. The devil took out thousands of years of anger on Jesus. All the pent up rage and wrath at having been tossed out of heaven boiled to the surface as he inspired various guards to relentlessly whip, beat and torture Jesus.
Even when he was literally beaten to a pulp; it was not enough for the devil. He worked in the leaders to persuade Pilate to crucify Jesus. Oh how the devil enjoyed every gruesome moment as this thoroughly beaten man made his way to Golgotha. Oh how the devil and his legions of demons sat back and smiled as Jesus hung for hours on the cross; his very physical life slowly being drained from his body. Oh how the entire realm of the devil let out a collective cry of triumph when Jesus finally said: "It is finished" and died. Oh how the devil rejoiced in eliminating he who claimed to be superior to him.
Of all the events that have taken place in eternity; nothing was any more profound than the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It was unprecedented, unexpected, undeniable and unbelievable. No one on earth and no one in hell knew what God was going to do. God did not raise Jesus with PHYSICAL life, for that would have accomplished nothing. Many before had been raised physically from the dead. No, when God raised Jesus from the dead, He did it with ETERNAL LIFE. The life Jesus now had was incorruptible and eternal. Nothing the devil does will ever be able to triumph over eternal life.
I am truly sorry I do not have words in my vocabulary to adequately describe the immensity of this event. NOTHING in eternal history was any more dramatic and profound than the resurrection of Christ from the dead. As Peter said on the Day of Pentecost: "God has made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both LORD and CHRIST." When God raised Jesus from the dead, He immediately made him both LORD and CHRIST. The full impact of what that means will unfold for us in the future; but suffice it to say, IT IS HUGE!
As Always, Blessings 2 You!
"To know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God"