The bad prince or the good king?


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“Now the prince of this world will be driven out.” (John 12:31)
Adam and Eve were originally given authority (Genesis 1:26-28).
But we made Satan ‘prince’ of the world when we gave in to his lies!
As a result, we are slaves to sin and Satan, and cursed with misery and death.
When Jesus arrives, he goes through the same tempting all humans do.
But he refuses to sin, to submit to Satan’s lies; he stays true to God.
Finally a Son of Adam/Son of God (Luke 3:38) that can rightfully claim the throne.
By overcoming death (Genesis 2:17), he overcomes the prince who enslaves us.
God’s kingdom is re-established, and God’s name is glorified through a Son of Adam.
Anyone who chooses the king over the prince, becomes a part of God’s kingdom.
As restored children of Adam we are called to live “like God” in the the world.
Jesus shows us what kingdom living (living in the light) looks like.
Following Jesus may be difficult (many people still choose the prince).
This is our hope – God’s Name WILL be glorified through us, whatever happens.
Who am I serving with my life – the glorified King or the disgraced prince?
Lord, remind me who I am, and why I am here. May my life story – no matter how hard – glorify your Name, for this is why I am here.

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  1. “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up[a] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” Jesus glorifies the Father in being obedient to death even death on the cross. He overcomes the deception of the prince, Satan, the lie that tricked Adam and Eve – so that Adam and Eve were kicked out of their role. Jesus not falling into the temptation to follow Satan’s lie sets up the basis for God’s grace – that we may be fully forgiven and be drawn to Jesus. He restores us to God’s original intent for us. Jesus knew what he had to do – I too know what I need to do to follow him – help me Lord to follow you more closely each day!

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