Satan tried to hurt or tempt Jesus at every stage of Jesus’ life. When Jesus was a small baby, the Devil used Herod as his instrument to have him murdered. Many years later, he tempted Jesus in the Judaean desert, hoping he would abandon God and worship him instead.
Jesus did not give in to the Devil’s tricks, and with his resurrection, he assured our possible salvation. This does not mean, though, that the Devil slunk away in defeat. Far from it. He battles for our souls even today.
Satan may have been Jesus’ greatest adversary while on earth. Yet his interactions with Satan and ultimate victory over him can inspire us in our own spiritual warfare.
What did Jesus say about the Devil in the Gospels? How can the things Jesus said help us? To find out, let’s examine three passages where Jesus talked about Satan.
1. John 8:44
Speaking to a group of Jews, Jesus said, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
The take-home message of this passage is clear. Satan is the ultimate liar, and he will tell us anything to tempt us.
Satan lies throughout the Bible, beginning with Eve in Genesis 3:1 and carrying on continuously from there. He deceives us hoping he can separate us from God.
Satan’s lies take many forms. He plays to our vanity. He tells us we can do whatever we want. He promises wealth and power when he has no intention of delivering either of those things.
As Jesus states, there is “no truth” in Satan. That’s a strong statement, and it shows how evil Satan is.
God, on the other hand, personifies truth. He will never deceive us.
You are a spiritual warrior on the side of truth. As such, you must be truthful yourself and be on the lookout for falsehoods. Lies are how Satan causes pain and suffering in this world.
2. Matthew 13:18-19
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.”
Matthew’s Chapter 13 contains a series of parables. They teach us about the Kingdom of God as well as the different ways people respond to God’s message here on earth.
In Matthew 13:18-19, Jesus is explaining a parable he just told about sowing seeds (where he is the sower and the seeds are God’s message). Jesus is also demonstrating how the Devil turns people away from this message.
When people don’t understand God’s word, Satan can remove it from their hearts. Jesus may have sown the seed, but now Satan discards it along the path.
God’s message is misunderstood when people don’t think it’s important. They hear the things Jesus said but categorize his teachings as nonsense. Or they are too busy to fully explore them.
Once people turn their backs on God, Satan takes them farther down the path of destruction. If we understand we are saved through Jesus’s resurrection, Satan cannot snatch any seeds from our hearts (John 14:6). Instead, they will grow into a bountiful harvest.
3. Matthew 13:38-39
“The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.”
Like the passage discussed above, this one helps explain a parable Jesus just told (Matthew 13:24-30). This time, there are two sowers, each sowing a different kind of plant.
Jesus sows seeds that produce wheat, while Satan sneaks in and plants nonproductive weeds. When angels come to harvest the wheat, they throw the weeds into the fire.
Both kinds of crops exist together. God does not destroy Satan’s weeds until the angels come to harvest them at the end of time.
The lesson for us is we don’t know who is the wheat and who are the weeds. Only God knows what is in someone’s heart, and both crops must be allowed to grow. We leave judgment up to God at the end of time.
Things Jesus Said to Help Us in Our Battle Today
As you can see, Jesus had a lot to say about Satan! Using metaphors and parables, Jesus showed us the Devil working hard to lie, taunt, and deceive God’s flock.
The Devil works hard to deceive us even today. Luckily, the things Jesus said in the Gospels can give us strength in this battle. His victory over Satan inspires us to be victorious as well.
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