Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Colossians 2:13-15

The Son of God was revealed for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

General Dwight Eisenhower faced an agonizing question: Should I authorize Allied troops to storm the beaches of Normandy despite the bad weather of June 6, 1944? He finally said yes, and the invasion was launched. That decision changed the course of World War II; D-Day led to V-Day the following spring.

The history of the human race is the history of war, and the Bible uses the image of war to describe Christ’s work. Jesus came into this world to destroy the enemy, the devil. Christmas was a declaration of war, and the devil retaliated by trying to destroy Jesus (beginning with the death of the boys in Bethlehem).

But Jesus won the war by winning two key battles through his cross and his resurrection. As Paul testifies, Jesus made a public spectacle of the spiritual hosts of wickedness, “triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). And God exerted his invincible power over these spiritual hosts “when he raised [Christ] from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:19-21).

The devil, therefore, is on the way to certain defeat. Battles remain, but V-Day is certain. You have God’s word on that.


Dear Jesus, thank you for defeating the power of sin, death, and Satan in the battlefield of life. Amen.