Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The Enemy of Jesus
The answer to “Who is my neighbor?” was answered and expanded by Jesus Christ in the parable of the “Good Samaritan” in Luke 10:25-37. We were taught as Christians to love and have concern for every tribe and ethnic group. Now with our country's races and ethnic groups are at odds with and terrorist are threatening us at home and abroad; Christians can rightfully ask “Who is our enemy?” Jesus has answered that through his Word also.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. His mission was to destroy the power of the enemy and the curse of sin and death the enemy tainted is with. Talking to His own tribe, the Jews, he spoke plainly to His people when they fallowed unknowingly the evil one and not the Heavenly Father. “John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (NIV)
So we understand we are following a murderer when we do not follow the Lord. This evil father even has a language – lies.
And today you hear religion starts most all wars. (This has been statistically proven as false.) Jesus Christ refuted assigning evil to God in his time on earth. Mark 3:23-24New International Version (NIV)23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
How come we have no power over evil today? Believers in Christ used to have power or demons. “Luke 10:17-20New International Version 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Does God have a plan still to deal with evil even if the church has lost its way? Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
The old hymn “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild” though describes how he is forever though, right? Wrong “Luke 22:14-16New International Version 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus the warrior destroyed sin, death and the power of hell forever.
So is Jesus saying specific groups are our enemy? They can side with the enemy but the answer is no. His Word tells us who the enemy is. “Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Only one side wins as written in the final chapter of The Book. Why are we not evangelizing?