In this world, we do have an enemy and it is not the person or political party that disagrees with us. Our real enemy is Satan. A liar and thief from the very beginning, Satan has declared war on the saints and on the work of our Father. Against God’s work of reconciliation, Satan has fostered division. Against healing, sickness. Against love, hate.
And to combat Satan’s work, we must know what his work is. His work begins with lies that result in captivity and end in death and eternal separation from God. In the beginning, Satan used lies to deceive Adam and Eve, which led to rebellion against God, which ushered sin into the world, which took people captive, which led to death.
Yet Jesus came to undo the devil’s work: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8). When Jesus came into this world, He attacked the very root of Satan’s work, deception, by testifying to the Truth (John 18:37). Then he destroyed Satan’s second work, sin, by paying its penalty on the Cross. Finally, Jesus conquered Satan’s last work, death, by resurrecting from the dead on the third day.
And Jesus summed up his efforts in a sermon at Capernaum, by quoting from Isaiah:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. (Isaiah 61:1)
Christ came and died for sinners like you and me. He exposed that man was not the enemy, but rather the captive – captive to lies, sin, death, and under the dominion of the evil one. Jesus rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the dominion of the light.
As the Church Ambassador Network, if we truly want to change the world, we must engage in our Savior’s work, destroying the devil’s schemes. This is where the real battle lines are. Not R vs. D, but rather darkness vs. light.
I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. (Acts 26:17-18) We must proclaim the Truth Jesus taught us. We must share the Truth that has the power to set people free. We must proclaim what Jesus did on that Cross and how He defeated death. We, ourselves, cannot overcome the world, but we do not have to. Jesus did (John 16:33).