The Invasion of Christ

Isaiah 59:16-19 (NKJV) “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him. For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.  According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; the coastlands He will fully repay.  So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against Him.”
 
The coming of Christ into this world was nothing less than an act of war against the kingdom of darkness. It is an invasion against the gates of hell. Its purpose is to redeem lost souls held behind enemy lines. 

In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis has a chapter entitled “Invasion”. In it he says, “One of the things that surprised me when I first read the New Testament seriously was that it talked so much about a Dark Power in the universe---a mighty evil spirit who was held to be the Power behind death and disease, and sin. The difference is that Christianity thinks this Dark Power was created by God, and was good when he was created, and went wrong. Christianity agrees . . . this universe is at war.”  The truth is that we cannot understand what is happening around us until we understand that we are at war.  Unless we understand that we have an enemy, we will misinterpret most circumstances in our life. It is very hard to believe that God has a good plan for our lives if we believe that He is the source of all that is bad, corrupt, and evil.[1]

If we fail to recognize that we are at war, then we begin to believe some very terrible things about God. What about that son or daughter who was killed by a drunk driver?  What about the four-year old girl who was sexually molested? What about the faithful wife who died of AIDS which she contracted through her unfaithful husband? What about victims of murder, rape, and terrorism?  What about the tragedy of divorce that devastates an entire family? What about the people who are killed in a violent plane crash? What about families killed in fires? What about destruction and death caused by violent acts of nature? What about the famine where thousands of people are starving?  What about the horrors of war?  Are all these things God’s will?  Is God the author of evil?

In the beginning of God’s creation all that God made was very good.[2] There was no death, sickness, crime, pain, hate, adverse weather patterns, sin, or curse.  All was good until the old Serpent, who is called the devil, Satan, and the dragon, came on the scene.[3]  Through his deception, the evil consequences of sin, death, and the curse came upon our world. The effects have touched our bodies, minds, emotions, marriages, children, society, and nature itself. All creation longs to be delivered from the bondage of this corruption.[4]

Jesus came into this world to destroy the works of the devil, the power of death, and our bondage to fear.[5] Our deliverance from the penalty of sin and death was secured through Christ’s substitutionary death on the Cross. His sacrifice was validated through His resurrection from the dead. Our deliverance is enforced through His exaltation to the right hand of the Father where He reigns until all of His enemies are put under His feet.[6]

The Incarnation of Christ was a divine invasion into the enemy’s territory to deliver those held captive through deception, sin, and death. Let us remember that we are in a war.  The victory is already sure even though the battles of resistance are sometimes fierce. War is not pretty. The devil does not play fair. The fallout of sin and the curse have taken their toll. Do not be shaken by Satan’s tactics. Rise up, put on your armor, and fight for the sake of others who are still under his control.
 
“Heavenly Father, thank You for invading this earth to rescue my soul. Help me to see that I am in a war. Help me to see the lost and the deceived who are still held captive by the devil. Help me to be a faithful soldier and to fight to rescue others even as You fought to rescue me. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
 
[1] Jeremiah 29:11; John 10:10
[2] Genesis 1:31
[3] Revelation 12:9
[4] Genesis 3:14-19; Romans 8:20-23
[5] 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15
[6] 1 Corinthians 15:24-28