Words from the Heart for Friday December 7th, 2018
…The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
I John 3:8 (NIV)
The Reason He Appeared
We often think of sweet, silent, precious things when we think of Christmas. But, the Word of God tells us that the tiny baby born and placed in the manger had come as a destroyer. He was helpless to even keep Himself alive. But, this precious, tiny baby had appeared with an agenda of heaven: to destroy the works of the devil. He was en route to the cross.
Back in the 1990s, a Canadian made computer program named Chinook beat the world’s best checkers players. But Chinook’s creator, Jonathan Schaeffer – a computer science professor at University of Alberta – wasn’t satisfied with having his software earn the checkers champ title. The reason he had created it was to make sure that any challengers – human and computer – could never win. It wasn’t until July 2007, after millions of calculations and using dozens of computers, they announced that they had achieved their goal.
Each year the local paper where I live asks students at local elementary schools what Christmas is all about. The children at the local Christian school, and a few others, speak about Jesus’ birth – most others haven’t got a clue. The Lord understood this would be the case, and so He inspired John the apostle to write this in 1 John 3:8: “…The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” The enemy of our souls is hard at work – he has been since he appeared to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God got to work immediately to put into place His redemptive plan. His ultimate goal was to destroy the devil and his nefarious plan to usurp God’s glory. Jesus didn’t come because the world needed another religious leader. He didn’t come because the world needed more spiritual teaching. He didn’t come to perform miracles. He came to destroy all that the devil had accomplished when he introduced sin into the human condition. He would complete that task on the cross, and when He rose from the dead, Satan was crushed. How has He defeated the devil in your life?
These have been words from the heart.