Today we continue looking at what happened to Jesus during what we now celebrate as Holy Week. Basically, it’s the time from his entrance into Jerusalem at the beginning of the Feast of Passover to the resurrection which we celebrate every Easter.
Following further along in Matthew’s gospel our guide for this Holy Week examination we see two very dark moments… the Jewish religious leaders began to conspire to have Jesus arrested and killed – Matt 26:1-5 and a few verses later we find out that Judas agrees to betray Jesus and hand him over to the religious leaders for execution – Matthew 26:14-16. I don’t believe that the devil is under every door knob, but if he comes to steal, kill, and destroy like the bible tells us, then we have a clear picture of him working overtime to end the life and ministry of Jesus in these two stories.
Sometimes the enemy works over time, and that can include in our own lives. I don’t want to blame every tough time or illness on Satan, but I think we need to have an awareness of the spiritual climate around us to understand if the enemy is involved in any way. Clearly He is involved in this piece of scripture trying to do everything in his limited power to shut Jesus up and stop the freedom train that has been rolling through Jerusalem and all of Israel because of the life and ministry of Jesus. He figures if he can just stop Jesus and shut his few followers up everything will work out just fine.
Well, we know the rest of the story so it’s easy to think, “stupid devil doesn’t even have a clue what he’s up against.” but in the moment, it looked like Satan was winning. This week, I want to challenge myself to remember the entire story and not get caught up in the moments of feeling like Satan is winning. He thinks he’s winning, and works overtime… but we know Jesus is the ONE with victory in His grasp and freedom is given to all who trust in Him. In the moments the enemy is working overtime in your life, seek and trust Jesus for the freedom and victory that He desires for you and me.