Preparing For Worship: Jesus vs. Satan

Preparing For Worship: Jesus vs. Satan

John Haralson   •   February 17, 2017

“These two dominant affective forces [love and shame] of the universe represent the struggle between good and evil. Within each of us, these two affective states-represented by the presence of the Holy Spirit on one side and our shame attendant on the other-are at war over us and the culture we are making. The Spirit echoes the voice of our father telling us that we are his daughters and sons, whom he loves and in whom he is pleased. Our shame attendant reminds us in large and small ways that every function of our mind, let alone who we are as a whole, is not enough and has been abandoned. This war occurs in every realm of embodied life.”
Curt Thompson, The Soul of Shame

Dear Friends,

The Old Testament story of David & Goliath is one that has inspired many people for thousands of years. It’s the classic story of the “little guy” having enough faith and courage to stand up against the powerful and intimidating bully.

Yet, if we only read the story as an inspirational tale, we miss the bigger message. According to the way the battle was set up, the one-on-one fight between David and Goliath would also determine the fate of both armies. If Goliath won the battle, the Philistines would triumph. If David won the battle, the Israelites would triumph.

Each warrior fought as the representative of his people.

Fast forward to the New Testament story of Jesus being tempted by Satan. It is the same kind of battle. Each warrior is fighting on behalf of his people. Jesus enters into a fight against Satan that Adam & Eve lost. It’s also a battle that Israel lost. And, it should come as no surprise that it is a battle that each of us have lost repeatedly throughout our own lives.

Jesus fought this battle alone. Yet, he fought this battle for us.

Jesus triumphs where all others have failed. He, and he alone, has defeated Satan. All who belong to Jesus can now share in his victory.

This week: Jesus vs. Satan, Luke 4:1-15

Liturgy is here.

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,

John