The Unseen Battle

During holy week we often read in the gospels about Jesus and of His suffering on the cross and of His resurrection from the dead.Sometimes the things unspoken in the Bible provide the best material on which to meditate. I often think on what happened between Jesus’ death on the cross and His triumphant rising from the dead.

A verse I really enjoy from the book of Colossians is chapter 2 verse 15
“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” 

Try to imagine the scene. Jesus paid the price for our sin on the cross, He says it is finished and then He dies. Immediately His Spirit descends into hell. There Satan, in the presence of his ruling spirits of darkness and the demonic hordes that obey him, start celebrating their victory over Jesus.

These are not the only witnesses to this scene. We know from the gospels that paradise is separated from hell by a great gulf that cannot be crossed. Those in paradise see the arrival of Jesus into hell. They see Satan and his forces celebrating also. What thoughts were they having at that moment?

Their thoughts were short lived for the time came for Jesus to be Glorified by the Father. There in the middle of the kingdom of darkness, Jesus took up again the Glory which He had in the beginning with His Father.

As the radiant Son of God, He stripped Satan of all the spoils he had gathered since the garden of Eden, and Jesus took possession of the Keys of Hell and death itself.

Jesus then crossed the gulf and entered paradise keeping the promise He had made to the thief on the cross, “This day you will be with me in paradise.”

First Peter 3:19 states ” By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” Those saints of old, held captive, now had their Savior minister to them in all His glory. But that isn’t all, Ephesians 4:8 tells us “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, He led captivity captive…”

Jesus gathered up all those who were held captive and He led them to their new home in the presence of the Father.


This UNSEEN BATTLE was the most decisive battle ever fought. Jesus didn’t even have to break a sweat, He just opened His mouth and the battle was won.
Jesus is our victor, He truly is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
All Hail Our Savior!  All Hail King Jesus!

Be greatly blessed,



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