Summary: The story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion did not end on Friday. It did not end in death. Because it was early on Sunday morning – the very first day of the week – Jesus rose from the dead.
The story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion did not end on Friday. It did not end in death. Because it was early on Sunday morning – the very first day of the week – Jesus rose from the dead. The grave could not hold the King. He is risen. He is risen, indeed! Prior to this I could only imagine what His followers must’ve felt. Maybe something like ‘we lost’ or ‘now we really will face the tyranny of Rome for the remainder of our lives. How could we have ever believed that this man, was our Messiah?” Maybe they thought to themselves, “we watched Him perform miracle after the miracle, we thought He was the One. Now through the malice and hatred of Pharisee and Sadducee and through an angry mob we have all been knocked down.”
Let me say first and foremost, that the angry mob is still around today, here in the year 2013. And with their wicked words they will still try to hold you down, not only does this happen outside of the Church, sadly, it happens inside of the Church as well. The late Rev. Robert Miller Jr.used to put it this way, “There’s woodpeckers on the outside, and termites on the inside and they are both after your wood” for some reason or another there are people who just don’t want you to be what God called you to be. There are people in the choir who don’t want you to sing, and there are even preachers in the pulpit who don’t want other preachers to preach.
They will use whatever means necessary to hinder your ministry and all the while enhance their own. Yes, we are suppose be about lifting one another up, but we ourselves try to keep our brothers and sisters down and we have dangerously moved into satan’s area of expertise. For it was and still is satan’s mode of operation to keep the children of God down. If he tried to keep Jesus down, he will most certainly try and do the same to us. He has a strategy that at the moment seems to be working like a well-oiled machine.
Satan’s Plan Is Under the Radar
Satan is called by many names, such as, Devil, Adversary, Serpent, Dragon, Beelzebub, the father of lies, and the Enemy. These are just a few of his names, believe me, there are many more. Satan is evil incarnate, in other words, he is the embodiment of evil. Satan comes only to kill, steal, and destroy, but yet he falls under the radar. There are so many things that happen in our world today for which many people blame and curse God never realizing that God does not do evil; evil is the devil’s department.
In fact, there are people today who will vehemently argue you down that the devil doesn’t really exist and as result he can commit his evil deeds while going virtually unnoticed. But just the same satan hates God and he hates mankind. Because, not only did God defeat satan when he tried to invade heaven, but God also destroyed Satan’s earthly kingdom. To add insult to injury God recreated earth and created and placed man in dominion of the recreated earth. Satan actually was the very first ruler of earth—he ruled earth long before the six days of Genesis and the creation of Adam. When God created Adam and thus mankind, God intended for man to rule the earth. However, when satan caused Adam and Eve to sin, he illegally took possession (or repossession) of the earth. Satan was then under the belief that he had all power, he thought it would now be much easier for him to use the power of hell and death to threaten, influence, and destroy mankind. But he didn’t take into account that Jesus would come into the world, when Jesus came it was bad for him but wonderful for us.
Why? Because [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it–a hope that reaches farther and enters into the very certainty of the Presence within the veil, we are no longer faced with the threat of drifting away from God because we have Christ as our anchor. And from the very day that Christ entered the earth through a miraculous birth the devil has tried his best to keep Him and us down. But he (the devil) continuously discovers, that you just can’t keep a good man down! But it doesn’t mean he won’t try—he is an expert on attacking the children of God in order to keep them down. He’s in Church every Sunday, and at work with you Monday thru Friday. He will even follow you home and try to live there if he could.