When Satan tempted Jesus, Satan said this in Luke 4:6 – And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.”
So, who gave this dominion and authority over to the devil in the first place. Adam and Eve did. Genesis 1:28 – Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God gives dominion to Adam and Eve; they hand it over to the enemy when they sinned against God. So Satan had the authority all these years on earth and when he tempted Jesus, he told Him he would turn it over to Him if He would bow down to him. However, after the resurrection, Jesus makes this statement in Matthew 28:18 – And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth.”
We don’t have to wait for the “Second Coming” for Jesus to get the authority back!
John 14:1 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. (Verse 2) “In My Fathers house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Jesus is talking to His disciples and its right before the crucifixion. He says He’s going away and coming back. Most people think He is talking about the “ascension” and the “Second “Coming.” But, let’s stay in the context of these verses. Jesus was telling them he would be crucified – go away and then be resurrected – in a few days be coming back.
John 14:25 – “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. (Verse 26) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (Verse 27) “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (Verse 28) “You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. (Verse 29) And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.
No one is going to have a problem “believing” after the Second Coming, not even atheist. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. But here Jesus is talking about His death and resurrection, and when it happens, you will believe.
John 16:16 – “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”
“A little while” is a few days, not thousands of years from then. So again stay in context because He is talking about His death and resurrection, not the Second Coming. (Verse 17) Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while and you will see Me’; and because I go the Father?” (Verse 18) They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.” (Verse 19) Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? (Verse 20) “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. (The world did rejoice when He was crucified and the disciples were sorrowful.)
(Verse 22) Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
John 20:1 – On the first day of the week (Sunday) Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. John 20:11 – But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the tomb. (Verse 12) And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. (Verse 13) Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him” (Verse 14) Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.
Why didn’t Mary recognize Jesus, after traveling with Him for over two years? What’s different about His appearance? (Verse 15) Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking? She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
Mary didn’t recognize His voice either. Here’s the strange thing about her thinking this person is the gardener: Gardener’s have dirty clothes from working in dirt. Did this Man have dirty clothes to make her think that? Don’t forget, Jesus became sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of Him.
(Verse 16) Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, “Teacher!”) (Verse 17) Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father, but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ “
We know that Jesus ascended 40 days later, but something happened on resurrection day that I think most people have missed. Jesus said, “I have not yet ascended to My Father.” Then He said, “I am ascending ( meaning, “right now!”) to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’ “
John 20:19 – Then, the same day at evening, Where has Jesus been all day? Where did He say He was going? To the Father! He just saw Mary in the morning and He told her not to touch Him because He had not yet ascended to His Father. Then He said for her to go to His disciples and tell them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father.” Have you ever seen that before or were you like me and skipped over it because I didn’t know what He meant?
And then the same day at evening: John 20:19 – Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (Verse 20) – Now when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. (By the way, a few days later He told Thomas to “Touch Me here.”) Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. (Verse 21) Then Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
Did you catch that? Jesus has been in the presence of the Father, all day!! (Verse 22) And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus had told them He was going away but a little while, but when He left before anyone had seen Him, except Mary, Jesus went to the Father as the perfect sin offering, then returns and gives them “Peace” and the “Holy Spirit!” Now the disciples and us can have a relationship with the Father through Him. Is that not amazing? Jesus had told them all this before it happened, but like most of us we missed it.
Here is another verse that most of us miss: Hebrews 9:12 – “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” He entered the Most Holy Place on the day He resurrected with His own blood for our sin because that was where the Father was and is. Then Ephesians tells us He first descended into the lowest parts of the earth. That’s during the three days He is in the tomb. And the short version, He walks up to the devil and says, “Give Me the keys. I’m taking them back!” The Old Testament saints were in the waiting place and He leads them out. While Jesus is talking to Mary that day, the Old Testament saints are walking through Jerusalem.
Matthew 27:52 – and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. (Verse 53) and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Here is what I want to make very clear: Jesus is not getting “dominion back” one day, He already got dominion over heaven and earth at the resurrection!
John 12:31 – “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” Now, in the Greek means “Now! Not in 2,000 years, now. Jesus was literally telling them, “I’m about, in a very short time, before His crucifixion, I’m about to take dominion back!”
Daniel 7:9 – “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair on His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; (Verse 10) A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. (There was a judgment that took place on the day that Jesus resurrected and ascended to the Father. I never caught that before either.)
This next verse is Satan being kicked out of heaven. Daniel 7:11 – “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. Most think that this beast is the beast of Revelation. Not so, because there are four beasts in Daniel Chapter 7. This beast that was destroyed on Resurrection Day was SIN! Romans 6:14 – for sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Back to Daniel 7: (Verse 12) “As for the rest of the beast, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.”
Satan is a liar and has made people think that he still has dominion over them. The truth is that he had his dominion and authority taken away over 2,000 years ago! (Verse 13) “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.
This is a description of Jesus coming to the Father bringing the Old Testament saints with Him. Hebrews 12:1 says, ” We are surrounded by so great a “cloud” of witnesses,… (This cloud that Daniel saw was the Old Testament saints with Jesus.) Daniel 7:14 – Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.
That was Daniel’s prediction of what took place Resurrection Day and it happened over 2,000 years ago. When Jesus told Mary to not touch Him, it was because He had not entered the Most Holy Place where the Father is. Daniel 7:21 – “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, (Verse 22) “until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
Bottom line: The Ancient of Days sat in judgment. Satan on one side, the saints on the other. In the middle stood Jesus, God’s Son, battered, beaten, and bloody, carrying all the sin of those who would accept Him – the saints. God declared, “Satan, you lose! Saints, you win! Court adjourned!
And that is what happened on Resurrection Day, the day Jesus took dominion back out of Satan’s hands. He doesn’t have dominion over any believer anymore. Thank You Lord Jesus!