It’s Only “You!” by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II
John 14:30-31 (KJV) “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.”
One of my favorite quotes, and illustrations of faith, is the statement that is attributed to Smith Wigglesworth. He lived in England, and was a very influential evangelist who advocated for “God has not changed,” and active faith in the “God Who is still the same!” He believed in the principle of divine healing is provided for all in the atoning Blood of Jesus; and, he spent hours in prayer preparing himself for the evangelistic and healing services he conducted.
Smith Wigglesworth spent approximately 36 hours in continuous preaching and praying in one meeting. Because of this, he was physically exhausted and sent everyone home for a few hours, so he could get some rest. He went to bed, and fell asleep quickly. Approximately 30 minutes after he had fallen into a very deep sleep, he was awakened by the sensation of someone shaking his bed. He opened his eyes and saw an evil spirit that had manifested itself seating on the foot of his bed. After he cleared his eyes, it is reported that he said, “Oh, it’s only you!” Smith Wigglesworth rolled over and immediately went back to sleep.
This is much different than how we hear most believers referring to our enemy, Satan, and his evil hoard of fallen angels (devils)! We often hear believers talking about how powerful the Devil is, and how much havoc he has been wreaking on the world – especially believers! I believe that Satan is given far too much praise!
One might well ask, how is talking about what Satan does the same thing as giving him praise? Let us consider this scenario – “I want to praise the Lord for delivering me! The Devil has been attacking me, and I’ve asked the Lord to intervene. After 5 days, the Lord overcame the Devil, and I am free! Praise the Lord!”
Do I really need to comment?!
While I appreciate, and applaud, Smith Wigglesworth’s faith and ability to view Satan through the lens of Scripture, he is NOT the first one to say to the Devil – “It’s only you!” I appreciate the way “The Message” paraphrases today’s Scripture…
John 14:30-31 (MSG) “I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me. But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail. “Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.”
Jesus was reminding His Disciples that the time of His Passion was quickly approaching. Satan and Sin were about to be dealt a “death blow” in His sacrifice at Calvary. I wish Adam would have said, “It’s only you!” Since the Fall of Adam, God determined to bring deliverance from the captivity of Sin and Satan and the redemption of lost humanity from the penalty of eternal death. Therefore, God sent His Only Begotten Son to be the “Redemption of the purchased possession.”
Jesus told His Disciples that He was NOT worried about confronting Satan at Calvary. He told them that Satan had been unsuccessful in attacking Him all His earthly existence. There is a “hidden principle” in these Scriptures – You do NOT need to be concerned when Satan attacks you, you MUST be vigilant so that Satan cannot ATTACH to you!
Jesus told His Disciples, and us, that since He was sinless, there was NO place where Satan could “attach” himself! Jesus was NOT obeying His Father because He needed to do so for His Own sake, He was obeying so that WE could see that He loved His Father. He was modeling the spiritual principle that the measure of love for God is the measure of obedience.
Jesus did not need to go to Calvary so that He would be set free from the clutches of Satan. Jesus went to Calvary so that we could be set free! At Calvary, Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” In doing this, He was crying out, “It’s only you!”
Jesus said to Satan, “It’s only you,” when He…
- Commanded Lazarus from the dead – “Lazarus, come forth!” – John 11:43
- Cured Bartimaeus – “Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.” – Matthew 10:52
- Cleansed the Leper – “I will; be thou clean.” – Mark 1:41
- Calmed the raging sea – “Peace, be still.” – Mark 4:39
- Certified He would rise from the dead – “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” – John 2:19
- Censured Satan – “Get thee hence, Satan.” – Matthew 4:10
- Confirmed He would return – “I will come again.” – John 14:3
The reason Satan had “nothing in” Jesus was because He was sinless. Christ has redeemed everyone who has called upon His Name in, and for, Salvation from the “Curse” of sin and death.
Galatians 3:13 (KJV) “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”
Satan will appeal to our “fallen” nature – reminding us of our past sins – and will seek to convince us that we are NOT redeemed since we have an old nature that is prone to sin. BUT, when Satan cannot use PRESENT sin against us, he has “Nothing” in us!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Please review what John said…
1 John 1:7-9 (KJV) “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
As long as we “walk in the light, and not in spiritual darkness, and do NOT give place to the devil,” we can say, “It’s only you,” when the enemy attacks us!