I don’t know that we think about destruction in today’s world. Maybe when we are talking about a Transformer’s movie or something similar but most of the time we use destruction as an exaggeration. “Our team destroyed the opponents.” “The band really destroyed that set.” The Bible speaks of the one born in a manger, Jesus, as “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (I John 3:8). This is no hyperbole. What does it mean?

That is an interesting question. The word here translated “destroy” only appears two times in the Greek New Testament. The other times we speak of destruction, it uses different variations and words. Loo’o in Greek (destroy) literally means to break up, dissolve, or melt. Jesus came to WD40 our lives from Satan’s grip. Another possible description could be, like paint and varnish stripper, he melts away the lies, the old sinful hold, and takes us back to our original intention. Jesus clears the build up and makes us refreshed and renewed.

I know about the power of paint remover, stripper, because I have been refinishing a hall table that was Jennifer’s Grandma Godbey’s. You put this on, and it breaks the old bond. You still have to scrape the old junk away and sand. The refinishing is not complete, but you free the table to see its intended beauty after years of abuse and use.

“Only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death” (Hebrews 2:14). Christmas is an awareness that we need something more potent than old-fashioned hard work and elbow grease. We need a stronger power, something that can reach into the base level and break it apart. This is why Jesus came, to set us free.

The Scripture gives us hope. We no longer will be judged as a sinner for it has been broken over our lives. “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” (John 12:31). Satan will receive the punishment he is due for entrapping us in his lie. Satan is held in contempt by God for interfering in our intended freedom and life.

Try this prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for my freedom. I could have never set myself free. I, voluntarily, lift my hands in the air as a testimony and declare victory. My enemy is defeated and destroyed through Jesus. Evil has no power over my thinking or life. Jesus is in charge of me. – Amen.