Satan lays all kinds of traps for us, preying on our weaknesses and sinful natures. Sometimes, he comes to us in what seems an impossible situation–like David found himself in facing Goliath! But, the secret is to know who is the real giant!
I. Luke 20:1-19. Satan talks big (Luke 4:5-7), but because of Jesus’ work on the cross, He’s the true one in authority (Matthew 28:18). The Goliaths of Jesus’ day roared their challenges to Him, but His stones easily knocked them down. Jesus knew that those who believed themselves in power were afraid of the people.
II. Luke 20:20-40. Like a cat pouncing on a red laser dot, those who believed themselves in power tried futilely to trap Jesus. They did not realize that He was the Word made flesh (John 1:1-14) or that the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom or weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength (1 Corinthians 1:25). The result of this mismatched battle was that all fell silent and did not dare to challenge Him further.
III. 1 John 5:3-5. Those who believed they were in power in Jesus’ day were like Goliath in David’s. So today, the world, for all of its bluster and threats, is not really the true giant when it comes up against those who are in Christ Jesus and have overcome the world through our faith. In Jesus, we stand before the intimidating champion of the Philistines armed with God’s wisdom and strength.
… if we could only realize it!