THE GREAT DECEIVER
Even today the message of Christ has been watered down, ignored, or just missed through the preaching of other things. The greatest deceiver of all, of course, is Satan himself because the message of Christ is a major affront toward his ability to govern unseen.
The Bible describes Satan as the great deceiver. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9).
EVER INCREASING GOVERNMENT
At the birth of Christ, we see Satan influencing King Herod into killing all the babies in Bethlehem two years and younger. Why the wrath of Satan? It had been revealed that one was coming that would unseat his evil government and take over the rule of all nations.
This restoration of the kingdom of God was the message Satan had to oppose. It was this good news of God ruling over man that had to be opposed at all cost. This gets us to the point. Christ was anointed with a mission. That mission was to restore the kingdom and make way for a royal priesthood of kings under the direction of the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 2:9). To restore the kingdom meant the overthrowing of Satan’s rule and direct conflict with the great dragon himself.
GOVERNMENT OF GOD
What was the Gospel message that Satan so vehemently opposed? Get this answer down in your spirit. Countless sermons have been preached on the PERSON of Christ but not the MESSAGE of Christ. As already said, Jesus came preaching the Gospel (good news) of the kingdom. The government of God was the message Christ taught his apostles to spread.