[This post is from a book Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do chapter "His Master's Voice" (page 479-480). It is presented here out of context, for humorous purposes only. I disagree with a lot of the book, but the quotes are refreshing, and the POV is interesting. A wonderful coffe table book.]
NEW TESTAMENT TRIVIA QUIZ: In establishing the new covenant of grace, who was Jesus' primary opponent?
(a) The devil,
(d) Evil spirits,
(e) The Pharisees.
The answer is (e) The Pharisees.
Jesus had very little trouble with (a) The devil. Early on, Jesus spent forty days in the desert being tempted by the devil and seemed, at most, disinterested. The devil could only offer him worldly things and Jesus was noticeably not of this world. Nor did (b) Sickness trouble him. There's no record of his being sick, and he seemed to be able to cure any illness in just about anyone (except when he returned to his hometown of Nazareth and the townspeople's lack of faith prevented him from doing great miracles). Of course, (c) Death was no obstacle. He raised up one person after another,* and eventually raised up himself. And (d) Evil spirits were easy: he seemed to have complete dominion over those.
*After raising up several people who had recently died-about whom skeptics probably said, "Oh, they weren't dead; they were just stunned:' as the pet-shop owner said of the parrot in the famous Monty python sketch-Jesus raised up Lazarus, who had not only been dead four days, but was decomposing, ("But, Lord.