Break Every Chain
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (I John 3:8 NKJV).
The Bible declares that the enemy of our souls comes only to steal, kill and destroy. Satan knows that his impending judgment is quickly approaching; therefore he is working overtime to destroy as many lives as he can. You don’t have to look very far to see his destructive works in our world. Last week, an LAPD officer went on a shooting rampage murdering a fellow officer and a married couple who related to an LAPD lawyer in cold blood. His actions have prompted a nationwide manhunt to capture him before he could wreak further havoc. This highlights what the devil desires to see in mankind: destruction.
In our lead Scripture, John pens an incredible statement that counters all that is demonically destructive. Think about it: the totality of Christ’s life is summed up in this statement: Jesus Christ came into the world to destroy the works of the devil. The word ‘destroy’ in ancient Greek has the thought of “untying, unloosing, and unfastening.”
Revelation 5:2 further defines the word as “a breaking.” John’s audience would have invariably understood what he was communicating to them. What does this tell you and I? Jesus literally came to break the chains of sin that have held us in captivity! The devil has no legitimate authority to bind you in chains as a child of God. Are you chained by bitterness and unforgiveness? Jesus came to break those chains. Have you found yourself entangled by the lures of pornography? Jesus has come to set you free.
Are you filled with fear? Jesus’ perfect love liberates you from fear. Do you hear the chains falling? Be filled with the hope that the Lord hasn’t abandoned us to fight the battle ourselves but that ”for this purpose” He was revealed to destroy the works of the devil.