This is the final part to our sermon, “Christian Ambassadors.” We have presented Jesus as our heavenly Ambassador and Christians as the ambassadors of Jesus Christ. Today we want to address a very important problem which is our enemy – Satan.
Both our heavenly Ambassador and Christian ambassadors have a common enemy, Satan, whose undying drive is destroy Godâ€™s chosen. We all are aware of Satanâ€™s failed attempts to destroy Jesus Christ. He had King Herod kill all male children two years old and under in an attempt to kill the Christ child. See Matthew 2:16 In Matthew Chapter 4 the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted directly by Satan.
Then we have Satanâ€™s last diabolical try at killing Jesus when He entered Judas Iscariot compelling him to betray Jesus. See Luke 22:3 That did result in thedeath of Jesus but Satan still failed because, as we know, Jesus conquered death with His resurrection. Satanâ€™s murderous plot made him a loser and Jesus the victor. We now await Jesusâ€™ return when He will cast Satan into the Lake of Fire. See Revelation 20:10
The only way Satan can get at Jesus Christ now is through the ambassadors of Christ, Christians. The Apostle Peter characterized Satan as a â€œroaring lionâ€ stalking Christians to devour them – to destroy their testimony. See I Peter 5:8 The word â€œdevourâ€ means to drink up; to gulp. Satan can gulp (consume) an unwary or weak Christian. That is why Peter admonishes us to be sober and vigilant.
The Apostle Peter was himself of particular interest to Satan. Luke tells of Satanâ€™s desire to lure Peter away from Jesus who knew it and said to Peter: â€œSimon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheatâ€¦â€ Satan sought to separate Peter from Jesus by injuring his faith. The world is desperately trying to discredit and destroy the Christian faith.
The Apostle Paul experienced Satanâ€™s interference many times in his missionary work. Besides often being attacked and threatened by Satanâ€™s crowds Paul was prevented in his travels by Satan. He had often set his mind on going to Rome but was hindered by Satan. See Romans 1:13 15:22 Paul was also hindered by Satan from going to Thessalonica many times. I Thessalonians 2:18
There is no doubt in my mind that many Christians have allowed Satan to keep them from doing what they felt they should do. Beside direct interference with Christians Satan uses another high level tactic to thwart Christians. He accuses Christians before God continually. See Revelation 12:10 That same verse reveals that one day Satan will be forever cast out of heaven. That will clear heaven for habitation by Christians. Again, Christians win and Satan loses.
That brings to a close this sermon on â€œChristian Ambassadors.â€ I hope you have enjoyed it. Thank you for reading and may GOD BLESS YOU.