October 25, 2020
154. Week of Second Sunday after Easter - Saturday
That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
          That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.   Hebrews 2:14
          For this purpose Christ came. And He really accomplished it. He has delivered us from the power of the devil. Scripture says so, and such is our firm belief. And it is most certainly true.- But how about this? Aren't we still on earth where "the prince of this world" rules with "great might and deep guile?" And what are we in comparison with him? How, then, are we to understand that Christ has redeemed us from the power of the devil? - First, and above all, Christ has taken from the devil the power to accuse us and to demand our death, at the bar of God's unalterable righteousness because of our sins. For Christ by His death, has atoned for our sins, has made full satisfaction to the righteous God, and reconciled God to us. Thus our accuser has been cast down once for all. Furthermore, Christ, as our Substitute, in His great struggle with the devil, so completely conquered and vanquished him that through Him we are able to withstand all the temptations of the devil, and to gain the victory over him at all times by means of the Word of Christ. "One little Word can fell him," him, the Evil Foe. And lastly, as a result of Christ's victory over the devil, he can do nothing to us unless Christ permits it for our good - do you hear? for our good. Oh, yes, Christ has redeemed us from the power of the devil. Trusting in Christ, we may and dare and must deride and scorn the devil. This will sorely vex that proud spirit, and make him flee from us. Thus Christ destroyed the power of the devil. And this has been brought to light and vouched for by the resurrection of Christ, whereby Christ, our Substitute, triumphed over the devil.
          PRAYER: - Risen Saviour! You have bruised the devil's head, and taken all his power from him. And now I am redeemed from the power of the devil. The devil can no longer accuse me, can no longer seduce me, no longer harm me: I may ridicule and scorn him. For this I thank You with all my redeemed heart. O grant that I may rejoice in the knowledge of this my blessed freedom, and at all times boldly resist the devil and firmly cling to You, until You shall free me from every temptation, and take me into Your Kingdom of Glory. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
October 25, 2020