Yesterday was Holy Thursday, the day Jesus had, what we refer to as, the Last Supper, John 13: So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.” Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!” Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.” “Master!” said Peter. “Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!” Jesus said, “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.” (He knew who was betraying him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you.”) After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table. Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life. Then Jesus walked with them to the Garden.
Boy I can see it now! “YEA”, Satan is saying, “Jesus is DEAD! I told you we could do it! Let’s party down!” Satan and his angels holding a party because the only Spirit/person ever born that could take him down was finally, completely, irrevocably dead! He had started trying to get rid of Jesus when Moses’ generation was born; having all the children under the age of two killed…he thought he could wipe him out then! Again he instructed Herod to have all the boy babies under the age of two killed…Jesus escaped. Satan realized it when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to fast and he tempted Him to turn the stones into bread, accept Kingship from him, Satan but when Jesus didn’t buckle under any oh his temptations, only answering with the Word of God everything that Satan brought to Him, Satan left him for a while, only to return later under the guise of Judas, who betrayed Him!
Jesus was finally left alone as the soldiers took Him away from the Garden to be questioned and then crucified. His disciples, all afraid of facing the same fate, ran! As far as I am concerned, Jesus is the ONLY star in the headlines today. That headline would read, “He died…for US.” Satan partied until suddenly there was an earthquake, WAIT, what was that bright light shining through the darkness, the glow around this, this what? An angel? WHO IS THAT? IT IS JESUS!!
Jesus fought him and WON, he took the keys of death and hell away from him, so legally WE ARE FREE! The earthquake happens again, the soldiers fall to the ground and Jesus burst forth from the grave! HE IS RISEN INDEED!
We just need to come to the realization that we are really free from Satan and we do not have to be afraid! 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
Everything you have ever done is wiped away with one little phrase “Father forgive me, a sinner. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior” There it is, all done, FREE AT LAST! We are all faced with temptations of every kind every day and if we use the example Jesus left us, answering everything Satan throws at you with the Word, you too can win the victory!
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!