|The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I
can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is
written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” (Luke 4:5-8)
Many people have asked the question “If God is ruling the world, then why do so many bad things
happen”. Why do good people die and bad people live. Why do Christians suffer. Why do bad thing
happen to good people. And so many similar questions that don’t seem to make sense. Why would
God allow this to happen is something you may have heard many times. Most of these kinds of
questions come from people who either have a very shallow spiritual existence, or those who have
a limited understanding of the bible. But to those who understand this passage of scripture it is very
clear why bad things happen, even to good people.
Verse 5 says that the devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, in an instant. Some think
this means that he showed him all the kingdoms that would ever exist all over the world many years
into the future. Notice very carefully what the devil then said in verse 6. “I will give you all their
authority and splendor; it has been given to me..” What, are you kidding me? Who gave the devil all
the kingdoms of the world? But Jesus didn’t argue the point, he didn’t dispute what the devil just
said. He knew that the devil wasn’t lying to him, he was telling him the truth. All the kingdoms of the
world had indeed been given to the devil. How did this happen?
When God made Adam and Eve, he gave them authority over the whole earth. He told them to rule
over the earth and increase in number. Rulership of the earth was given to them. Then the devil
came to Eve as a serpent and convinced Eve to disobey God. God had told Adam and Eve that they
could eat from every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The devil
convinced Eve to go ahead and eat from it and she did. Then she gave Adam some fruit from that
tree and he ate. And then their eyes were opened and they realized what they had done. From that
day forward, the devil had rulership over mankind and this earth. He won it fair and square by
getting Adam and Eve to disobey God and obey him. And mankind has been doing that ever since.
Man’s relationship with God was broken. This is why we need to be “born again” so that we could be
re-connected to God.
After Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, he said “All authority on heaven and earth has
been given to me”. (Matthew 28:18) So Jesus won back the authority that the devil had over this
earth and transferred that authority to Christians who pray “in Jesus’ name”. Although Jesus won
back the authority and rulership of this earth when he died on the cross, he has not yet taken that
authority, he has still allowed the devil to rule. Jesus will soon return and set up his kingdom on this
earth, and that’s when he will chain up the devil in a bottomless pit and take the authority over this
earth that is rightly his. Then he will rule the earth. But until then, the devil is still ruling.
So do you now see it? Do you now see why there is still so much evil on this earth? It’s because the
devil is still running things. Once Jesus takes over, there will be 1000 years of peace. Even to the
extent that the lamb will lie down with the lion and eat grass. (Isaiah 65:25) But until then, there will
be wars, famine, murders, riots, hate, anger, sickness, and every kind of evil. God is giving the devil
every opportunity to repent and he is giving every person the opportunity to choose who he wishes
to serve and obey. And he is allowing the devil to show his true colors. But eventually God will say
“enough” and Jesus will return to set up his kingdom.
So until then we need to understand that it’s the devil that is running things. But that will change
very soon. So let’s be patient and know that God has everything under control and that Jesus will
return when the time is right. Personally, I am very very much looking forward for that day to
happen soon. So the next time you hear someone say “If God is ruling this earth then how come
there is so much evil” you can tell them why.