verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall
in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matt. 5:18.
Christ entered upon His campaign, Satan met Him and contested every inch of
ground, exerting his utmost powers to conquer Him. Much was involved in this
controversy. Intense interests were at stake. The questions to be answered
were: “Is God’s law imperfect, in need of being amended or abrogated?
or is it immutable? Is God’s government stable? or is it in need of
changes?” Not only before those living in the city of God, but before
the inhabitants of all the heavenly universe, were these questions to be answered.
. . .
the manger to the cross Satan followed the Son of God. Temptations beat upon
Him like a tempest. But the more fierce the conflict, the more familiar He
became with the temptations wherewith man is beset, and the better prepared
He was to succor the tempted.
severity of the trial through which Christ passed was proportionate to the
value of the object to be gained or lost by His success or failure. Not merely
the interests of one world were involved. This world was the battlefield,
but all the worlds that God has created were affected by the result of the
conflict. . . .Satan sought to make it appear that he was working for the
liberty of the universe. Even while Christ was on the cross, the enemy was
determined to make his arguments so varied, so deceptive, so insidious, that
all would be convinced that God’s law was tyrannical. He himself laid
every scheme, planned every evil, inflamed every mind to bring affliction
on Christ. He himself instigated the false accusations against One who had
done only good. He himself inspired the cruel deeds that added to the suffering
of the Son of God—the pure, the holy, the innocent.
this course of action Satan has forged a chain by which he himself will be
bound. The heavenly universe will bear witness to the justice of God in punishing
him. Heaven itself saw what heaven would be, if he were in it. . . .
merely in the minds of a few finite creatures in this world, but in the minds
of all the inhabitants of the heavenly universe, has the immutability of God’s
law been established. . . . With one voice they extolled God as righteous,
merciful, self-denying, just.
Our Father Cares, p. 224.