Satan (Part 16) - The Epic War: Christ is Killed and ResurrectedSubmitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
ix. The Pharisees plot to have Jesus executed. a. The Pharisees and chief priests envied (Mar 15:10) and hated (Joh 15:25) Jesus. b. But they were unable to kill Him or cause Him to sin so that they would have something to accuse Him of (Mat 12:10; Mar 3:2; Joh 8:6). c. So they met together to plan how they would destroy Him (Mat 12:14; Mar 3:6; Mar 11:18; Luk 19:47-48). d. Satan entered into the heart of Judas Iscariot to use him to betray Jesus (Joh 13:2, 26-27; Luk 22:1-6). e. They send a band of soldiers to arrest Him in the garden of Gethsemane (Joh 18:1-13). f. They suborned witnesses to testify falsely against Him (Mat 26:59-61). g. They brought Him before Pilate (Joh 18:28-32). h. Pilot, Herod, and the people of Israel were all in on the conspiracy to kill Him (Psa 2:1-3 c/w Act 4:25-28). i. The Jews stirred up the crowd to call for His execution (Luk 23:13-23). j. Pilate capitulated and ordered Him crucified according to the Jews' will (Luk 23:24-25). x. They had Him crucified (Luk 23:33), unknowingly fulfilling the scriptures by doing so (1Co 2:8; Act 13:27-29). a. Satan succeeded in bruising the Messiah's heal (Gen 3:15). b. It appeared that he had won the war. c. But he apparently didn't know that Christ laid down His life (Joh 10:10-18) which was God's plan all along. xi. BUT...God raised Him from the dead (Act 13:30; Act 2:22-24). a. Through Christ's death, he destroyed the Devil (Heb 2:14) and his works (1Jo 3:8). b. Through His death, the Lord Jesus saved His people from their sins (Rom 5:6-11; Tit 2:14; 1Pe 2:24; 1Pe 3:18; 2Co 5:18-21). c. He spoiled the principalities and powers (Col 2:14-15). d. Satan's head was bruised by the woman's seed (Gen 3:15). xii. He ascended into heaven to sat on the right hand of God (Mar 16:19; Heb 1:3; Heb 10:12-14). a. Jesus was made head over all principalities and powers (Eph 1:20-23). b. The war between God and Satan is now officially won by the LORD and His Christ. c. It is finished - Satan is destroyed, and God's elect are eternally saved (Joh 19:30). d. What remains are just skirmishes between God and His people and Satan.