Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of *the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:11, 12).
There is always an attempt to stop God’s children from sharing the truth about God. This happened to Jesus. He said to Pontius Pilate, “I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37, NKJV). Jesus came to this earth to teach the truth about God. He came to tell the world that God loved them so much that He was willing to sacrifice His Son. He came to teach them the truth about sin–that its wages is death. He came to expose Satan who lied to Eve and the world when he said, “You will surely not die.” He wanted us to believe that there aren’t any consequences to sin. But Jesus proved that this is certainly not the case.
Satan tried to prevent the truth from being heard. Working through King Herod, he tried to kill the infant Christ. God intervened. In the wilderness, shift Jesus’ focus from God to himself. He wanted Jesus to worship him but, Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only” (Matthew 4:10).
People don’t like to hear the truth. One day when Jesus was in Nazareth where He was raised, He said to the people, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”
The people were enraged. You could almost hear them saying, “Who does he think he is talking to us like that? He calls himself a prophet? He is just the carpenter’s son.” They rose up and dragged Him out of the city. They led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, so that they could throw Him down over the cliff. Again God intervened. Jesus managed to slip through them and get away.
The resurrection is crucial to the Christian faith. The apostle Paul said, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19). The risen Christ is our hope. This hope Satan tried to take away. He used the Pharisees who believed in the resurrection of the dead to cover up the resurrection of Jesus. They bribed the soldiers who witnessed the empty tomb, which had been sealed the night before. They gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, instructing them to, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day” (Matthew 28:13-15). The Pharisees tried to cover it up but God intervened. Jesus appeared to many.
On the day of Pentecost, Peter told the many people gathered there about the resurrection. “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses to the fact” (Acts 2:32). Again, Satan tried to prevent the truth from being told. A few days later, Peter and John were seized and taken before the Sanhedrin. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming that Jesus had risen from the dead. They put them in jail for the night but many on heard the message believed and the number grew to about five thousand. The truth prevailed yet again.
God’s truth will continue to prevail. As long as we gird our waists with His truth we will be fine. His truth is our shield and buckler. The next time Satan tries to deceive us, we will “Order the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle!” (Jeremiah 46:3). Against the shield of truth, his darts will have no effect.