So Satan, in his state of rebellion, is full of hatred and evil and has no concern or obligation to humanity. He could care less if we suffer, and he probably enjoys our suffering. Jesus, on the other hand, is speaking as God Himself as He was present at and active in the creation of the universe (John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:16), to include the act of creating man (Genesis 1:26). Jesus was there at the moment when man was first lovingly crafted. I write “lovingly” because the Godhead (the Trinity) made man in Their Image, wanting this new creation to be amazing and to have some of the substance of God in him or her (Genesis 1:27-28). Moreover, if you read the account of creation, you see that God simply ordered or spoke into being all things, except for man. When God got ready to create man, it was a very personal and loving act. He didn’t just speak man into existence from His place on the throne. In Genesis 2:7, we are told, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” This sounds like a very personal act as God is shaping man with His Very Own Hands, and after creating the substance of Adam’s body, He gave him life by breathing into Adam the very breath of God. You get the sense that God was “up close and personal” in this act of man’s creation.
Since Jesus lovingly made man, He has a deep familial connection to us and has an infinitely deep obligation and love to this creature, his crowning achievement, that He brought into this world. Since Jesus created us, along with Father God, and the Holy Spirit, and since He is One with the Father in Spirit, then He has a Father’s or Master’s love inherent in His heart for all people that have been created past, present, and future. He also has a High Priest’s love for the people He is serving (Hebrews 2:17 and Hebrews 4:13-15) and for which He serves as mediator between them and the Most Holy God. Moreover, he has an older brother’s (Hebrews 2:17 and Romans 8:29) love for His younger siblings that He is bringing into the family of God – all those that are cleansed by His Own Precious Blood, the Blood of the Lamb. I could go on with all of the connections that Jesus has to people, especially His spiritual children, but suffice it to say that Jesus is wholly committed and obligated to our happiness out of His Measureless Love as opposed to Satan who has no obligation and couldn’t care less. This understanding of the diametrically opposed attitudes of Jesus (The Good Shepherd) and Satan (the thief and the careless hired hand) is critical in grasping the spiritual battles we fight on a daily basis.
More on this tomorrow. I pray that you will walk in loving fellowship with your Awesome God today and that His Peace, Wisdom, and Joy will be upon you all.