Tuesday, July 13, 2021
A Little Religion?
“He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross” (Colossians 2:14-15 NLT).
When people want to change, they might say, “Maybe I need a little religion.”
But “a little religion” isn’t going to help them. What they need is a whole lot of Jesus, not a little religion.
That’s because Jesus Christ dealt a decisive blow against the devil and his minions when He cried out from the cross of Calvary, “It is finished!” (John 19:30 NKJV).
I believe those words reverberated through the corridors of Hell and sent a shiver down the spine of every demon because they realized the stranglehold they had on humanity was broken.
During Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness, the Bible tells us that “the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me’” (Matthew 4:8-9 NKJV).
But Jesus told him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve’” (verse 10 NKJV).
In other words, “No, I am not giving in to that temptation. I’m going to go the cross. I’m going to bear the sin of the world, and I’m going to rise from the dead. And from the cross of Calvary, I’m going to say, ‘It is finished!’ You know what that means, and I know what that means.”
The Bible says that at Calvary, Jesus “disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross” (Colossians 2:14-15 NLT).
When you put your faith in Christ, you can be free of the power of sin and no longer have to live with the guilt. And best of all, you can know with complete assurance that when you die, you will go to Heaven.
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