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Jesus Christ Versus Satan

Most stories are not complete unless there is a good guy wearing a white hat and a villain wearing black. The gospel story has these two persons one representing good and the other evil. However, it is evident that the world knows more about Jesus Christ than they do about Satan. The reason is that Jesus Christ is the most studied most written about and most followed person that ever lived on Earth. Satan on the other hand, works tirelessly to remain hidden from view, his nature and goal is to deceive mankind and corrupt the world men live in without ever being seen or have a finger pointed at him.

In matters related to God, Jesus Christ was both God and man.  He was acquainted with the holy life God desired and the struggle man has with sin. Because of the notable quality of his holy life, God appointed him to serve as the High Priest and mediator between God and man. He serves the needs of God by presenting Godís demand to mankind, at the same time he presents the needs of man to God. The position that Jesus has is necessary to completely reconcile man to God due to the war man has with sin. While Jesus encourages man to live a life acceptable to God, Satan entices man to sin. The outcome is that man is torn between the choices he has between good and evil. The choice to do good build a relationship with God when the consequence of sin severs the relationship man has with God.  

Jesus was sent by God to set men free from Satan who held men captive to slavery of sin.  Once that was accomplished man was free to serve God of his free will.  Jesusí life work enabled manís relationship with God to be restored. From a human standpoint he was significant because he lived a sinless life. His life began by being conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin that was highly favored by God. Like Adam and Eve his origin was with God, but once sin entered Adam and Eve every generation that followed was involved with a sin nature. Because of this Jesus was sent to be a perfect sacrificial Lamb of God slain from the beginning of the world.  

Jesus came to serve man and to give his life as a ransom for the many that would accept him as Lord. The ransom price was the blood of Christ and with his blood, he purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Revelation 5:9)  The law demands that everything be cleansed with blood for without the shedding of blood the penalty for sin could not been paid and there could be no forgiveness for sin. His blood represented the blood of the covenant that was poured out for many specifically for the forgiveness of sins.  The bible also talks about those around the throne saying

These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14 Ė Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14

In addition Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our relationship with God. To those who believed in his name and received Jesus as Lord he gave them the right to become children of God. The born again experience was Godís choice, his children are built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and the precious promises of God. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our spiritual life because our relationship with God is built around Jesus Christ the rock of our salvation. Without Jesus Christ you do not have the father or the right to become children of God. You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16), and the reality that God would dwell in you by his Spirit is made possible through Jesus Christ, serving as the cornerstone of our spiritual life.  

Bread is a common staple of life made from the wheat that men grow from the soil. Jesus made reference to being the bread of life, which men may eat and live forever. Paul records that at the Last Supper Jesus took bread and broke it saying, this is my body, which is broken for you. The bread itself is symbolic of his broken body and we eat the bread in remembrance of Jesus Christ.  Consider this, Wheat is the main ingredient of bread, but the kernel of wheat must die before it can produce many seeds (John 12:24). In the same way Jesus had to die so that many would come to know his Father.

The resurrection is the greatest incentive the Christian has for eternal life. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and the mainstay of Christianity. Every religious leader except Jesus Christ has a grave that contains their remains, but by the power of God, Jesus was raised from the dead. His resurrection is a foundational truth that all Christians cling to and believe in deeply. Without a resurrection our hope of eternal life is pointless.   

Jesus is the good shepherd that leads us to the tree of life, the streets of gold, the river of life and eternal security. Jesus Christ is the way and his followers know his voice. He knows who his followers are for his followers have all turned from wickedness and sought the holy life of our heavenly father. Those who cling to God know that they are safe forever, for no one can snatch his them out of his hand. They also have the assurance and the foreknowledge that if they were to die today that they would continue to live in the hands of God forever.

Satan on the other hand is attempting to thwart the plans of God. He works the best in the realm of darkness while he secretly plots to destroy everything God has built. Presently, he has declared war on the Saints of God in his attempt to thwart Godís plans and corrupt the morals God has instilled in his children. For the most part sinners do not know about Satan, are not aware of his presence, do not know that he can provoke them to sin, and they will be gathered and thrown into the lake of fire with him. They do not know that sin will be completely destroyed, Godís plans cannot be thwarted, what God has built cannot be demolished, and Satan has already been condemned to the lake of fire.   

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