“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:20)
After the kangaroo court that mis-tried and mistreated Jesus, the disciples quickly melted away. Who wouldn’t? Has there ever been a more cataclysmic vortex of spiritual struggle than at Calvary? As Jesus breathed His last on that Friday, nobody would have described it as “Good.” Intense, yes. Distressing, yes. Bloody and violent, yes. But not “Good.”
How often do we face such Fridays in our own lives?
Darkness thickens around us. The cold grip of fear takes hold of us. Anxiety wells up within us. Hope gets dampened. Faith gets tested.
Just two paragraphs from the end of his epistle to the Christians in Roman, the Apostle Paul takes aim at this common human experience and fires a startling salvo. Satan, who so often seems so strong, who stands against us to destroy us, “will soon be crushed.”
The last chapter has been written. The end of the story has been told. We know how it finishes. And Satan, who looks so intimidating and so powerful in this moment, will soon be crushed. Though the forces of wickedness array themselves against us, they cannot prevail. Though the demonic rulers and the powers of darkness align themselves in battle formation, they will lose.
Meanwhile, it’s the grace of Christ Jesus that sustains us. His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). Grace protects us from withering spiritual attacks. Grace heals us. Grace sustains us through trials and hardship.
Grace forms the bridge between Friday and Sunday.
Satan’s demise is sure. Sunday’s arrival is imminent.
On this Friday, if it’s hard to see anything good, know that the Accuser’s voice does not have the ear of God. Satan’s efforts are futile. The lake of fire awaits him…not us. And while we may endure “three hours of darkness” (Luke 23:44) even in the daytime, the Dawn is coming. It will burst forth and last forever. Satan will soon be crushed under your feet.
Keep the faith. Hold the line. Cling to grace. This Easter weekend is not just Jesus’ story; it’s ours.