Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: He was not the victim of circumstances but the victor over conspirators both physical and spiritual for His was a purpose driven death...to destroy him who had the power of death and set us free!

I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:10-18 KJV

It began in heaven before the dawn of time. Before the earth was ever designed as Adam's planet! It happened in heaven in the very throne room of God, when Lucifer decided that he was the next big thing and better than God! Of course, not being omniscient he did not, and could not know what God knew and knows! He was therefore instantly and unceremoniously tossed out on his haughty nose from his previous privileged position, to become for all time the adversary and enemy of God and man!

And course he did not fall alone. He took company with him! And sure thing, he laid the blame for failure on the arena of his downfall and the overwhelming presence of the Almighty!

"But on earth, I have rule!" he said, "Your puny creation man blew it! It is now mine! Different arena, different conditions, sinful man and savage world! You ever get down here and I will make you regret you ever tossed me!"

Jesus looked at him and smiled, then said "No rush! I'm coming down there!"

So in the fullness of time, before which the adversary seized the opportunity to recruit and reinforce his strongholds, Jesus came, literally emptying Himself of His Godly fullness! Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: Philippians 2:6-7 KJV

He became a man, subjected to temptations just like man, just like you and I. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 KJV

He identified Himself with us! Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Hebrews 2:14 KJV

He then told the adversary "I'm here!"

Giving him credit the adversary tried! He tried his best, even planting a betrayer in Jesus' camp! He tempted Jesus in every conceivable way! ...but (Jesus) was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 KJV In it all Jesus triumphed!

The Word came to the forefront of every battle and got the victory! Everywhere He went Jesus destroyed the works of the devil! For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 KJV

The devil tried several times to kill Jesus but failed!

Herod tried when Jesus was a baby!

The devil tried to get Jesus to throw Himself off the temple pinnacle!

In Nazareth they tried to push Him over a cliff!

Several times they sought to slay Him!

Twice it's recorded that they tried to stone Him in Jerusalem...in the TEMPLE!!!

The devil tried to drown Him but Jesus simply told the storm to take a vacation!

Hey! You couldn't take the Man down until He decided it was time to go down! For concerning His Life He said No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:18 KJV

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