The Darkness and the Glory examines the cross from Christs perspective and provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look at the profound spiritual and theological realities of Calvaryrealities that transcend the physical, as the wrath of man was surpassed by both the wrath of Satan and ultimately the wrath of God. With theological acumen and pastoral insight, Greg Harris invites readers to join him on a journey to the cross they will never forget. Doctrinally sound yet warmly devotional, this Christ-centered book is highly recommended to all who desire a better understanding of the glories of the cross. Adapted from the Foreword by John MacArthur
The Darkness and the Glory: His Cup and the Glory from Gethsemane to the Ascension
Peter’s latter proclamation in Matthew 16:16 contrasts with what the disciples previously concluded about Jesus: “You are the Christ, the Son of the God the Living One!” God Himself made sure that four definite articles were included as He inspired Peter to say what He wanted said in the exact way that He intended. What the disciples gradually learned about Jesus, Satan already knew. At this point in the confrontation, Satan may not have believed or accepted that Jesus was the Christ. The Christ—or Messiah—is a title, an office. As far as Satan was concerned Jesus had not fulfilled this function yet. Perhaps He never would. At this stage in His life Jesus was not yet fully qualified to be Messiah. Hebrews 2:10 gives an indication of some of the means that God chose to accomplish completely all that He intended in Jesus: “For it was fitting for Him [that is, God the Father]. . . . in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.” “To perfect” is used in the sense of fullness or completion, not as correcting something that has defects. The sufferings of the Messiah were only now––in the wilderness––beginning in earnest, as God perfected into maturity His Messiah who would not only redeem the lost from their sin but also would identify with their sufferings (Heb. 2:14-18). Such was part of the cup that Jesus was drinking throughout His entire Incarnation. Satan hated Jesus with abhorrence unrivaled by any human hatred. Satan’s approach to Jesus demonstrates this. Unlike the demons who throughout the Gospels always cowered in Jesus’ presence, Satan never did. Satan, who deems himself worthy of all worship, honor, glory, and praise, was not about to acknowledge Jesus’ title or status without a fight—and the fight was just beginning during this initial temptation of Jesus. Even how Satan addressed Jesus was an insult, a prod. He did not acknowledge Jesus’ unique status; he simply tempted Him by acknowledging He was a son of God. But Jesus was not the first so designated. Adam had originated as God’s son (Luke 3:38)—and Adam had been no match for Satan.
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Greg Harris (M.Div., Th.M., Talbot Theological Seminary; Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of Bible exposition at The Master’s Seminary and international faculty at Jordan Evangelical T