Make no mistake about it. This world is presently controlled by the Devil. This is enemy territory. When Jesus arrived here, He was launching the invasion to take back what was rightfully His.
Jesus Came to Take Back What Is His
Look at what C. S. Lewis says in his classic Mere Christianity:
“Enemy-occupied territory—that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.”
As Christians, it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that a war is going on. But it absolutely is. And our King has landed in enemy occupied territory to lead a rebellion (we might call it a revival) to reclaim His land. He came disguised as a baby — a human baby. From the beginning, the Devil knew this was bad news. In fact, Satan used Herod to try to kill Jesus before He could complete His mission.
Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance. Matthew 2:16 NLT
Genocide. Soldiers. Killing. That sounds like war to me. Scripture confirms that this is enemy territory:
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 1 John 5:19 NIV
The Earth is under the control of the evil one. This is enemy occupied territory. But, all hope is not lost! We have a Savior and He has declared war on the Devil. Look at His declaration:
Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. John 12:31 NIV
Our King Is on a Mission to Drive Out the Devil
Jesus came to take back what was rightfully His! He launched an invasion many years ago and it will result in Satan’s defeat. Never lose sight of the true nature of what is going on. Do not be lulled into complacency. This is war!