And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)
Today is the day that brings hope and meaning to our faith. Today is the day when death was put in its rightful place. Today is the day that repairs the bridge between us and the Lord. Today is the day when the final and ultimate and perfect sacrifice looked Satan in the face and said, “It is finished!” Today is our Resurrection Day! Don’t let this day pass you by without spending time reflecting on the implications that Christ’s death and resurrection has in your life.
I was reading through the gospels and began to notice the many times when demons recognized the deity and authority of Jesus.
And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus, you Son of God? are you come here to torment us before the time?
And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, You are the Son of God.
And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the most high God? I adjure you by God, that you torment me not.
When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of God most high? I beseech you, torment me not.
This has profound implications in our life! At the presence of Jesus, the schemes of the enemy are destroyed. When the power of the Lord comes to the scene, Satan is defeated! Do you realize that in any temptation you face – any trial you come upon – any thought of depression or anger or fear or guilt or shame – in any and every situation or circumstance, you can have victory. And that victory comes when we invite the One who defeated death into the situation. When we call upon the One from whom evil spirits and demons cower and run. When we call upon the One whose power and authority even Satan himself must profess!
We are not left to be victims to the struggles and thoughts we face everyday. Those demons that have followed you your whole life – declare the power of Jesus and watch them scamper away! The shame that has haunted you from your past – accept the forgiveness of Jesus and those demons have no choice but to fall in defeat. The fear of tomorrow that cripples you – surrender the unknown future to your all-knowing King Jesus and watch the enemy shudder in fear.
We are overwhelmed today with the great love that You have for us, that You would face the cross on our behalf, and deafeat the cross so that we may know You and Your presence today. Help us to slow down today and spend time with You, lest we allow this day to pass without acknowledging your ressurrection and its implications in our life. Jesus, we invite You into our past. Forgive us of our sins and regrets and help us to walk in freedom today. Jesus, we invite You into our marriages. Help us to call upon Your power and to stop allowing the enemy to steal and kill and destroy our home. Jesus, we invite You into the lives of our children. Help us to pray for our children daily, and to speak life and truth into their current situations and into their futures. Jesus, we invite You into our minds and our hearts. Help us to declare Your truth over the lies the enemy whispers to us. Because of Your resurrection, we have hope! By Your grace and mercy, may we walk in that Hope today!
In the name of Jesus Christ, who is ALIVE, Amen!