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Daily Reading: 30th July 2015

John 14.30 cont.

30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of the world comes, and he has nothing in Me.

Who is the ruler of this world?

This must be satan.

In John 12.1 Jesus talks about the ‘prince of this world, which was one of the Rabbi’s ways of referring to satan. In chapter 12 Jesus states that the prince of this world is to be thrown out. Therefore, even though the ‘ruler of the world, (satan) comes, he was not coming in triumph, but was coming to his defeat and to be overthrown.

Whatever authority he has in this world has been given to him by God. However, now, satan was facing judgement.

The death of Jesus on the cross may have seemed like a victory for satan. Yet it was not, because God raised Jesus from the dead, releasing Him from the power of death.

This is very much at the heart of the Christian message, it is the focal point of the gospel of Jesus: in and through Him, satan and death have been defeated.

Those who receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour will live beyond the death of this physical body. Jesus said:

“I am the resurrection and the life; the person believing in Me will live, even if he should die. And everyone who lives and believes in Me shall by no means ever die. Do you believe this?”

Satan has no power to prevent the resurrection of all those who have been born again.

It is true that satan and his demons are able to attack us, but, as we have already seen, his power is limited, and God has equipped us with all that we need to withstand his attacks.

Jesus said that the ruler of this world has nothing on Him. Satan cannot bring any accusation against Jesus, and since our, life is hidden in Christ neither can he bring any accusation against us.

Satan cannot condemn Jesus for anything, and again, since we are in Christ there is no condemnation for us either. Paul wrote:

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus – Romans 8.1 (NLT).

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