Day 24 | He Came to Destroy the Devil
Reading: 1 John 3:8
Many people love action and adventure stories. There are plenty out there, but many of them follow the same rhythm. There’s a hero who is skilled, strong, and capable fighting against enormous odds to defeat a villain who is usually the embodiment of evil itself. From Beowulf to the Lord of the Rings to Star Wars, there’s always adversity that is overcome by the hero in the end. So, when God tells us in 1 John 3:8 that “the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil,” we would expect a similar storyline. Right?
When we think about what is truly happening in the Christmas narrative, we don’t see God send a mighty warrior king like Saul or David. God doesn’t send a man with abnormal physical strength like Samson. He doesn’t send an obvious hero. He sent a baby, born of a virgin. This is why Jesus is so special. In the real struggle mankind has with sin and the devil, God didn’t simply send an army to bind Satan and end the conflict right there. He sent His Son to take our place so that we may share in the victory! Jesus was a humble servant, starting with the very nature of His birth. Our hero, the one who defeated Satan and death came as a lowly, humble, human child, born into poverty, who had no place to lay his head, came for us.
The irony of this all is that Jesus chose not to have many of the traits that our modern “heroes” seem to have in books and movies so that His victory would be even more glorious and complete! We worship a God who saved us not by puffing up His chest, but by humbling Himself in His birth, as well as His death.
Question: In what ways was Jesus an unlikely savior? How does Jesus' humility make Him even greater?