What put the finishing touch on overcoming Satan and his legions, was not the liberation of individuals alone from demons, but the destruction of the very base of Satanic rule. Lucifer’s base had been established through pride, rebellion, disobedience, deceit, darkness and destruction. Now he was contending with the King of Glory walking as a man (Phil. 2:8), humble (Phil. 2:7), in submission to the Father (Jn. 5:19, 30), and natural authority (Lk. 2:51), in every point obedient (Heb. 4:15), full of exposing truth (Jn. 8:45-47), shining brightly as the light of the world (Jn. 1:4-5, 9; 8:12), not destroying but saving, healing, and restoring lives (Acts 10:38; Luke 9:56).
His sidetracks in the wilderness were seen and overcome with the word of God (Mt. 4:4, 7-10). Finally, the time had come. Jesus speaking of that hour said to His disciples on His final night with them, “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”: John notes, “This He said signifying by what death He would die” (Jn. 12:31–35). He said, “This is your hour and the power of darkness,” to the hostile mob come to arrest him (Lk. 22:53). To His disciples at the Last Supper He revealed in Jn. 14:30 – “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.”
He voluntarily yielded to the hands of sinful men inspired by Satan and his demons to bring suffering and mockery to the Holy Son of God (Jn. 10:17-18, Mk. 14:65; 15:16-32) What the prince of darkness and his hosts failed to discern was that for every drop of blood they caused to drop from the Savior’s veins, untold thousands were being released from the domination of this proud, twisted creature (1 Cor. 2:8; Heb. 2:14-15; Col. 1:13-14).
This is the altar of sacrifice where he destroyed the works of the devil. The sin and sickness, the suffering and torment, the rejection and shame, the poverty and abandonment were all taken by the Son of Man on that tree where in exchange the human seed, before bound to the strong man, were now freed to receive by faith all that belonged to the eternal Son of God
(Isa. 53:3-6; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 2:9).
When He cried on Calvary’s cross, “It is finished” and surrendered His spirit, it was more than the completion of His life on earth (Jn. 19:30). It was the completion of the old regime. Darkness had lost. Light had prevailed. Heaven’s veil was rent in two. God and man could again enjoy Paradise. The guard to the tree of life was now able to admit all that repented and believed (Rev. 22:14).
Jesus was risen exalted and glorified (Acts 2:32 – 35), installed at the Father’s right hand (Ps. 2:6; 110:1-2), constantly pleading our case as Advocate (Rom. 8:34; 1 Jn. 2:1), secure as God’s Son waiting until all the remaining rebels are brought into subjection (1 Cor. 15:20 –28), as a result of the reverberation of His triumphal death and resurrection resounding throughout the heavens and earth through the Church (Eph. 3:10).
In appearing to His disciples after His resurrection, He says, “All power, authority is given to me in heaven and earth. Go therefore …..” (Mt. 28: 18-19). No longer does it belong to Satan. The Worthy One regained the earth from the prince of the world system. And He sent His disciples into the world as the ambassadors of heaven to proclaim and reveal His Lordship (Mk. 16:15; 2 Cor. 5:20). The first thing He said would happen as a sign of those who believed and went proclaiming was that they would cast out demons in His name (Mk. 16: 15- 17). O, the victory of the Cross!