1) The Son Pleased the Father When He Tasted Death for Every Man
2) The Son Pleases the Father When He Brings Many Sons to Glory
3) The Son Pleased the Father When He Disarmed the Devil
I once heard someone ask a pastor – ‘Why did God create the devil and why doesn’t He destroy him?’ The pastor’s wise reply was – “He didn’t and He will.”
God didn’t create the devil to be the devil. Satan was once an archangel named Lucifer. His created purpose was to bring God glory. But the day came when Lucifer no longer wanted to give God glory. The day came when Lucifer wanted to receive the glory for himself. And thus he led a rebellion in heaven which caused a third of the angels to fall with him.
God didn’t create the devil and one day He will destroy him. We read from the book of Revelation:
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
One day Satan will be cast into the lake of fire, but for today he roams about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Yet although the devil is a very powerful being, he is a defeated foe. The Bible says that Jesus has taken away from him his power.
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is , the devil;
Many believe that Satan danced with joy while he watched Jesus being crucified. No doubt he thought that he had won. Yet what he did not know was – he was being defeated. The passage we have just read says that by the death of Jesus, Satan was disarmed of his power. How so?
We read from 1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul says- “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.”
- Why is there death? Death is the consequence of sin. (see Gen 2:17; Rom 6:23)
- What is sin? Sin is disobedience to the Law. (see Jas 2:9; 1 John 3:4)
As long as men were responsible to try to fulfill the law, they were found guilty by the Law and therefore under the penalty of death. But Jesus has given us the victory! How so?
a. Jesus fulfilled the Law for us (Mt 5:17)
b. Jesus paid the penalty for our disobedience to the Law (2 Cor 5:21)
It was Satan who first introduced sin to mankind (see Gen 3) and it is through sin that he has controlled the world. But when the Son of God became a man and died for the sins of mankind, Satan’s power was broken. Jesus has paid the penalty for our sin and He has risen that we might have eternal life!