Last week as I was reading through the Gospel account of Christ’s betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion, I was struck with how often this narrative exposes the mentality, nature, and tactics of abuse. This really should not surprise us because abuse is just plain sin. I think that it is in fact perhaps the most “diabolically beautiful” portraits of sin to be found.
Its essence is the lust for power and control over — everything! It is the acting out of Satan’s declaration, “I will be like the Most High.” In other words, the abuser, like the devil, lusts to be God. Understand that and your eyes will be opened to everything else he does.