10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
People far more learned than me have studied the scriptures to see how Satan’s power has been limited by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. He is the accuser of our brothers and sisters, as it states. He is the one who wants to bring us down, but God has hurled him down and gives us the means to triumph over him. We did not accomplish this, but Jesus did by his blood that was shed, he who is the perfect Lamb of God. We give testimony to this truth as we witness to the power of God at work.
We see so much wrong in our world, so many reasons to think that Satan’s power is strong. By faith we have to believe that what seems to be is not true. God tells the heavens to rejoice, and all of us who dwell on this earth. The devil is full of fury, but his time is short. God has the victory. God’s love will prevail.
May we hold on to this truth when the next crisis comes. Gunmen will kill innocent victims. Earthquakes and floods will claim lives. Political leaders can make decisions with the potential to wreck countless lives. But God will triumph through the blood of Jesus Christ. He died so we may live.
Almighty God, you love us with passion and snatch us out of the hand of one who would undo us. You have sent Jesus to be victorious over sin and death; by his sacrifice on the cross we are yours. There is a heavenly battle going on for souls, but you will win. Keep us strong; keep us safe. May we witness to your power in the risen Christ in all we do today. Amen.