August 19, 2018 by Bishop Keith A. Butler
The Gospel of John records two separate occasions when Jesus referred to Satan as the prince of this world. It’s interesting to note that both references happened during the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
John 12:31 is the first time we see Jesus call Satan by this title. The occasion was after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. At a time when He seemed to be at the height of popularity, Jesus said, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (John 12:27-31).
John 14:30 records Jesus’ words after the Last Supper with His disciples. Jesus knew that He was about to face the cruel sentence of crucifixion. Even worse than the physical pain, He would carry the sins of the world upon Himself, causing a temporary separation from the Father. (Matthew 27:46) Satan saw this as an opportune moment to tempt Jesus to not fulfill the Father’s will. However, Jesus told His disciples that the prince of this world had nothing in Him. In other words, although Satan has power over many people in the world, He did not have a hold on Jesus, and he could not force Jesus to not fulfill the Father’s will.
Satan is the prince of this world. He knows the most opportune time to tempt believers. When times get tough, it’s time to fix your eyes on Jesus. Say as the Lord said, “Satan has nothing in me. I will follow God!”