I may have posted this before but repetition is good for you… Also this is a-biblical but I hope not anti-biblical…
The way I currently see the world, the Devil’s mission in life is to trick you into making decisions that are harmful to both you and others, and in fact would horrify you if you fully realized what you were doing. He does this (a) to rebel against God, Who loves you and wants only the best for you, and (b) because the Devil hates you with a passion and enjoys your suffering for its own sake, particularly if it is self-inflicted. Think of the cruelest, most sadistic person you have either known personally, or read about, and realize that the Devil was that person’s muse.
Now then, some 2,000 years ago, a Man walked around, teaching people to love each other, and not to worry about the trivial things of this life because paradise awaits. Oh, He also fed hungry people and cured hundreds (?) of their illnesses. Thus this Man catered not only to spiritual and philosophical needs but also those of the body. You literally could not imagine someone who was more useful or a better friend.
OK, so somehow, the Devil convinced these people to demand that this Man be tortured and then nailed to a piece of wood so that He could die an agonizingly slow death.
Note that I am not talking here about the religious elders and government authorities that concocted and then executed this plan. No, I am talking about the public–us–who cheered it on. These people weren’t being threatened by Jesus’ bold words in any way. No, I am sorry to guess that the main reason they demanded His death was simple bloodlust. The juxtaposition of their praising Jesus as a king earlier that week probably made their sin that much more delicious. (We all love it when a previous role model is brought down to our level.)
Well now, that is hands down the most abominable crime imaginable: The Son of God Himself comes down to teach and help us, and we repay him with torture, ridicule, and murder. The Devil would have every reason to believe that he had just won. What more could he do, to demonstrate the depravity and worthlessness of the human race?
And yet Jesus was able to say, at the Devil’s moment of apparent victory: “No you don’t win, because I forgive them.”