In John chapter 12, verse 31 Jesus makes a strong and profound announcement that “Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out”
The first announcement seems to be straight forward, the second not so much. The judgement of this world is the precise point of the cross. At the cross God rightly and ingeniously executed precise and perfect judgement. He did so by not sparing His own righteousness but also by sparing repentant sinners. But what about casting out the ruler of this world? That seems a bit more tedious to understand.
What is most clear is the identity of the one cast out. The title “Ruler of this world” is clearly outlined in Scripture (John 14:30/ 2 Cor. 4:4/Eph. 2:2/Eph 6:12) as Satan. Satan is declared to be the one of the most power in “the world”. This nomenclature is purposeful: God is not saying Satan is not the most powerful in the universe or creation, but the world in the sense of men. That is, Satan has great influence and power over people. We see this from the very first mention of his existence in Genesis, where in the third chapter he easily sways over the very first two people, who (and pay attention to this) were in the direct presence of their Creator, and knew Him more intimately than anyone else. Yes, he indeed IS that powerful in influence.
But his name is also telling. Satan in hebrew means accuser, or one who brings an accusation. Again, we see this in Scripture: in Genesis 3 he brings accusation against God (did God really say?). He brings an accusation against Moses (Jude v9). He brings accusation against Joshua (Zechariah 3) and has the position of bringing accusation against us.
Now what is important, isn’t that Satan is going out of his way to dig up dirt against us. He isn’t like a politician running a smear campaign who hires out some dirtbag to dig through your trash and go through your past in order to find something to hammer you with. No, it isn’t like that at all. Satan in fact, doesn’t even have to work hard, he merely lets us do the work. His accusation is simply pointing out to us and God, our own works which are mere sin.
So that is what he does, he accuses us. We have no defense or rebuttal, save the cross. At the cross, in the process of God’s divine Judgement, we are not only forgiven for our sins, but made “right”. Romans 3:26 declares- He demonstrated His righteousness at the present time, so as to be the JUST and the JUSTIFIER of those who have faith in Christ.
In other words, God renders our case NOT GUILTY. How does this affect Satan? It puts him out of a job on behalf of those who have been made right in Christ. In other word Satan cannot stand in the courtroom of God’s justice and utter a single plea against us that has any eternal consequence. Romans 8:1- Therefore this is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
In the most troubling hour of history, our great Hero clutches the great serpent and pulls out its’ fangs!
Beloved, celebrate this Easter your justification and remember, Satan has no claim on your life!
Looking forward to Sunday, because He lives