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Victory in Christ
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:57-58 EHV).
Is there any sensation as joyous as being on the winning team? If you have ever been involved in sports, you know exactly what I am talking about. There is a feeling of overwhelming joy when your team, after hours and hours of hard work and practice, wins the contest. Victory is, indeed, sweet!
But, there is a distinct difference between the victories we experience in this life and the victory we have in Christ. You see, our victories in this life come as the result of hard work, dedication, and practice. We earn our victories in this life. We set goals, either individually or as a team, and then we work hard at achieving those goals. And, if we are fortunate, our hard work (along with a little luck) produces a victory, which is followed by a celebration marking our achievement. However, our victory in Christ is much different. It is not earned by us. It does not come as the result of our hard work, dedication, and practice. Instead, remarkably, it is given to us by God on account of the saving work of his Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus has won the victory for us! Through faith in Christ, the Victor, we are on the winning team.
And, to the victors go the spoils. Our victories in this life earn trophies and medals (along with pride), but the victory Christ has won for us brings immeasurable blessings and rewards to us. Our victories in this life are over other individuals and teams and bring temporary rewards and pleasures that last only until we again, inevitably, experience defeat. But, the victory Christ has won for us is over sin, death, and the devil and brings eternal blessings and rewards to us – forgiveness of sins, everlasting life, and salvation!
Thus, we can conclude that the victories we experience in this life are mere foretastes, and incomparable, to the victory we have been given through Christ. To be sure, we enjoy victories in this life. It is wonderful to be on the winning team. The athletes who win the Super Bowl will savor their victory. They will be on cloud nine for a while. However, as wonderful as it would be for any of us to win the Super Bowl, we know that the victory we have in Christ is far sweeter, for it is eternal and it removes all earthly doubts and fears, and assures us that sin has been overcome, death has been conquered, the devil has been summarily defeated, and paradise in heaven is ours.
Rejoice in the victory your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has won for you. Nothing on earth, whether trials or tribulations, illnesses or financial difficulties, persecutions or tragedies – not even death – can take away the victory you have through Jesus Christ. Through faith in him, you will one day join the everlasting celebration of Christ’s victory in heaven. Through faith in him, you are on the eternal winning team!
Pastor Martin Spaude