“Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, ‘Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour — when darkness reigns.’” (Luke 22:52–53, NIV84)
One of the things I emphasize in my Bible classes is that Satan doesn’t get any days. It frustrates me when Christians say that Halloween is Satan’s day. Last I checked, Jesus only gave Satan a portion of Good Friday, and even at that, the evil one was not given all control. In his rage to destroy Jesus, he was blind to the fact that the death of Jesus would be his downfall. When Jesus spoke the phrase “Tetelestai” (“It is finished!”), He crushed the Devil”s head as promised in Genesis 3:15.
I wrote this devotion from Haiti on a Sunday night. When we went to worship that day, we drove past the home of a voodoo priest. Haiti is a nation where many people still believe there is power in the forces of evil. I am thankful that He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. We must always keep in mind that God and the Devil are not equals! One of them is our eternal God. He is all-knowing, all-powerful and present everywhere. The other is a created being who has had his power removed and his head crushed and awaits his eternal judgment. We truly are victors in Jesus Christ. May we daily live in the light and life of Jesus’ victory over sin, death and the Devil.