THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
CRUSHING THE ENEMY
Today’s gospel: Luke 10:17-24
Our work of evangelization and mission automatically engages
us in spiritual warfare. We face a formidable enemy, a fallen
angel that retains a lot of its powers. Satan is the strong
man, but Jesus is the stronger man. Jesus has already crushed
the head of the serpent and is victorious. As the armies of
God, we share in that victory.
was the experience of Jesus’ disciples. “The seventy-two
returned rejoicing, and said, ‘Lord, even the demons
are subject to us because of your name.’” (v.17).
Acting in the name of Jesus, as his representatives and chosen
instruments, disciples are able to overcome and subjugate
demons. They and their leader fall at the onslaught of Jesus
and his armies. Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall
like lightning from the sky.” (v.18). The dominion of
Satan over the world is being dismantled as the Kingdom of
God is being established in the world.
Satan is already defeated, the armies of God are in mopping-up
operation. The enemy is still very dangerous, as the tail
of the serpent thrashes about and continues to bring many
to damnation. But in this war, God empowers and protects His
armies. “Behold, I have given you the power ‘to
tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full
force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.” (v.19).
We are now in the final battles and the enemy is mounting
an all-out counter-assault. But the armies of God can withstand
the full force of the enemy and crush the enemy’s serpents
a great enemy in a great war, what is that about the armies
of God? We are destined for greatness. And
we look to the final victory. And to our final reward. “Nevertheless,
do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but
rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (v.20).
have been great wars and battles in the history of salvation.
There was Joshua as Israel took over the promised land. There
was David the great king. There were the great prophets like
Isaiah and Jeremiah who kept Israel and Judah on track. They
were on mission and accomplished great things in the power
of God. But now God Himself, in the person of Jesus, has walked
the earth and directly confronted the enemy. We as the armies
of God continue with his work. What awesome work this is!
We are truly blessed to be living in these times, the end
times, and engaged in the final conflict. “Blessed are
the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets
and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (v.23-24).
have seen it, we have heard it. We march on to the end of
time, knowing we are destined for greatness,
as we engage the enemy in this final conflict. Onward, holy