Back in the 70’s everyone knew the catch-phrase: Who loves ya, baby? That was the hallmark of Theo Kojak, the balding lollipop-sucking detective played by Telly Savalas. He was out to get the bad guys and put those law breakers where they belonged. Kojak had a flair for the dramatic–but with a sort of upbeat manner that balanced his normal ‘police’ cynicism. He knew the evils men do, but he also knew a few smart moves to guarantee they wouldn’t get away with it on his watch!
When I began this series on Three Little Words, I immediately thought of the phrase, I Love You, as most people would. That got me to thinkings. Christians know that God loves them. They know that Jesus loves them.
Well, what about the devil?
I’m not sure I would classify his feeling as ‘love’ but I sure do think he regards us pretty darn affectionately. And why wouldn’t he? After all, Satan is the unseen ruler of our world. Lucifer, this former cerubim, reigns for the time being here on earth.
Isaiah 14: 12-17-How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou has said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, that opened not the house of his prisoners?
Satan the I WILL versus God the I AM.
A battle that has raged throughout time. Satan the Accuser. Jesus the Defender. God the Judge.
Yes, the devil ‘loves’ us as part of his tactic to dissuade, distract, tempt, enslave, and capture us to follow his behavior and relegate the I WILL in our lives instead of of kneeling to God will/I Am.
God has given Satan his access to Him and allowed him his place here on earth–but not forever.
Revelation 20:10-And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and for ever.
Unlike his place in popular movies, television shows, or books, the devil will not ‘reign in hell’. No, Satan will be tormented ETERNALLY in a lake of fire. He is a doomed ruler.
He has to make his time count while he is here, for he knows his final resting place.
Satan offers us a season of ‘delights’ in the same manner he tried to tempt Jesus into sinning and messing up God’s plan.
All of us fall into the devil’s trap at times. We DON’T, however, have to fall into his devious whispers that the delights he offers come from any sort of affection that he is able to provide. Satan regards us as as part of a chess game where he is attempting to gain as many pawns as he can to take with him in his eventual defeat.
Thank God that He sent Jesus as our King to provide the CHECKMATE!