We’ve been in a teaching series called Plugged In—Tapping Into The Power Of God, and we’ve spent some time this week being encouraged by God’s power over darkness. It seemed fitting to finish the week, as we near Good Friday and Easter Sunday, by contemplating what God did through Jesus to defeat the Prince of Darkness.
In today’s reading from John 12, Jesus predicted His death. He spoke of Satan’s defeat and how it would be accomplished. Jesus even described the manner of His own death—”And when I am lifted up from the earth”—a reference to Jesus being lifted up on a cross, something His followers could not have imagined would take place. (I find it interesting how often in scripture those following and listening to Jesus weren’t quite ready for what He was telling them.) But being lifted up could also be understood as Jesus being glorified. That is, He was accomplishing His Father’s will. Although Jesus’ death seemed like a win for the fallen world and Satan, it would mean Satan’s defeat—The Light casting away the darkness. It’s worth noting that Luke tells us, when Jesus died, a darkness fell over the land. Satan didn’t cause that darkness. Here again is God’s power on display as He caused the darkness, indicating that judgment over evil had come and that His beloved Son, The Light of the World, had to die to dispel, once and for all, the darkness of sin and death.
We’ll close this week’s devos in Jesus’ own words: Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light. (John 12:36, NLT)
If the setting permits, consider dropping to a knee in prayer, confessing how you’ve been drawn to darkness. Allow God to defeat that darkness with the light of His love. Now, offer an expression of gratitude to God for His faithfulness given in Jesus.