Monday, January 13, 2014

A Prince Overthrown

"...the prince of this world now stands condemned."
John 16:11

There is an old Welsh legend about the cruel prince Caradoc. Infatuated with the beautiful niece of a saintly noble named Beuno, the Prince accosted the young maiden one afternoon in the countryside. Struggling to resist his untoward advances, the maiden broke free from his embrace and fled. Outraged, Caradoc drew his sword and killed her.

When Beuno heard of the tragedy, he rushed to the mutilated body of his niece. In deep sadness, the nobleman wept. As the tears of the old man fell upon the maiden she miraculously woke, as if from a deep sleep. Immediately the nobleman jumped up and spoke a curse against the cruel Caradoc, who "melted away as wax melts before the fire."

Jesus always recognized Satan's power, and we should as well. He is real and he is strong. Jesus even calls him the "prince of the world" and he is far more evil than even the cruel Caradoc. But while Jesus recognized Satan's power, he never bowed to it. Jesus stood above Satan and pronounced judgment over him. In John 12:31, Jesus said the time had come to drive this evil prince out of the world entirely.

Today you might still feel the cold, cruel grip of Satan upon your life. His hand is indeed foul. Yet, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ you need not fear. The cruel Caradoc has been defeated, unable to stand against the noble Savior. Once we were at his mercy, but now we have been freed from his power. He once stood over us, but "the God of peace will soon crush Satan under our feet" (Romans 16:20). He once controlled us, but now he must flee whenever we resist him (James 4:7).

This proud, cruel tyrant once held the reigns to our souls. Now, as believers in Christ, when we submit our lives to God, Satan's power over us "melts away as wax melts before the fire."

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