For the sake of a day—just one single day—a whole eternity of paradise was willingly forfeited. Lucifer, the mighty angel-turned-devil, gave up his eternity to have his one day of glory, fame, and power.
In the beginning, Lucifer had it all. Well, all except one thing, that is. He wasn’t able to rule the Universe like he wanted to…the Universe he didn’t even create. In his thirst for power and independence, he gave up an eternity of goodness, light, freedom, and love to have his one "shining" moment, paradoxically, of darkness. All for what? One single, lousy, temporary day.
You see, the day that Jesus died was Lucifer’s one crowning moment. It was the day he had the upper hand and was granted the ability to exert his power over the One greater than himself. It was the day that God Almighty stepped down from His royal throne, bowed humbly to evil, and became sin. It was the day that God allowed Himself—chose—to be defeated by death and to suffer hell.
But it was only, most thankfully, one single day. And understand this. It was done willingly, purposely. Why? So you and I would never have to live one more day under the control and power of Lucifer—Satan—again. On that day of days, Satan was defeated once for all, darkness was pushed out by light, God's humility became the power of salvation, and Satan's single ruling moment came to an end–his doom was sealed…forever.
That is the kind of God you and I serve. He loved you so much that He became what He abhors. He bowed willingly to the evil He hates, so that you could be with Him forever. I will never get over the mystery of that kind of a loving, sacrifcing God.