Binding Satan

“No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.” Mark 3:27

When I was a boy, only about six or seven years old, in sabbath school, we loved to sing the song, When He Cometh. It’s a wonderfully energetic hymn about Jesus coming and gathering the jewels he will use to adorn his crown. The last verse and chorus are the climax of the song, and my favorite part, and they go like this:

Little children, little children, Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels, His loved and His own.
Like the stars of the morning, His bright crown adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty, Bright gems for His crown.

I thought of this song as I was considering our focus text today. The song is so joyful that it makes it seem as if the gathering of the jewels for Christ’s crown is an easy, simple task. But it’s not. Satan holds power over this world and it’s inhabitants and if Jesus is to claim the jewels, that are rightfully his own, he must wrest them out of Satan’s hands.

In the verses leading up to our focus text the Jewish leaders, in an effort to discount Jesus miracles, had accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of the devil. Jesus had answered them by telling them that that didn’t make sense because Satan would not work against himself. Then Jesus explained God’s method of working for the salvation of men. The first thing God would do is bind the strong man that guarded the house. After this Jesus warned the leaders of the danger of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit.

Friends, the Holy Spirit is the Divine agent that is going to come and bind the devil so that Jesus can plunder our captor’s house and collect the jewels he will use to adorn his crown. Before you and I will ever see, hear, understand, or accept Jesus the Holy Spirit must come and subdue Satan and break down the control he has in our lives.

I’m so thankful that even before I was ever interested in knowing Jesus, the Holy Spirit was hard at work battling for the opportunity to show God’s love and acceptance to me

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