When I think about the Christian faith, I am always in awe how the life of Jesus is so powerful. From His birth, born of a virgin, to the death on the cross and the resurrection! That every prophecy and promise had to be fulfilled or else it would all be a lie. I cannot begin to imagine how those who loved Jesus must have felt when Jesus died on the cross. Not only did their hearts ache by what he had endured on his journey to the cross and while on the cross but I wonder if they kept hoping that he would not have to die. Did they keep thinking that he would perform a miracle on the cross and remove himself from it? When Jesus cried out, “It is finished” and breathed his last breath I think that those who loved him and followed him were full of grief and their faith had to have been shaken.
Did they think that all they had believed and been taught was a lie? Did the heartache and deep grief cause them to forget what Jesus had told them when he would raise from the dead?
Jesus was physically dead but His spirit was alive and He was not idle. Scripture tells us that in Colossians 2:15, that Jesus, “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. While everyone thought that Jesus was gone, that hope was lost, Jesus was at work. Satan and his demons had thought they had victory over Jesus when He breathed his last breath. They were wrong. Jesus was doing a work in the unseen. He was disarming and stripping them of their power over us and our will. Jesus was triumphing over them. The cross was the door to victory and the resurrection was evidence of that victory. The darkest hours for those who loved Jesus were about to change in a moment. The miracle worker would now become the miracle.
The beautiful words of the angel to both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary when they went to the tomb to tend to Jesus body were life! “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” (Matthew 28:5-6) Hope renewed, faith restored, love reunited and victory won!
The beautiful, wonderful part of the resurrection is that Jesus’ victory also becomes our victory. Through the resurrection of Jesus, we know He is who says He is. That Jesus does what says He is going to do! When Jesus had victory over sin, death, and the enemy He provided a way for us too to have victory and triumph over all those things.
We are told in Scripture that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power in you and me for those who believe. (Romans 8:11) We can try to be victorious in our own strength but in the end, it will always lead us to frustration and defeat. I have been at times frustrated by my own cycle of the inability to change. When I learn to surrender and partner with the work of the Holy Spirit that is when transformation and victory can begin to take place. Jesus never intended our lives to be lives of defeat. He won the victory for us and He wants us to walk in it.
Jesus, I rejoice and thank you that not only did you die on the cross to save us and to conquer sin but that you died to bring victory. Victory over sin and the enemy. When I find myself feeling defeated and beat up; turn my eyes on You. You are the author and finisher of my faith. Help me to rely on you Holy Spirit to bring me to a place of being more than a conqueror. I don’t want to just survive this life on earth. I want my life to be a reflection of You and all that You did for me on the cross. Walk with me, talk with me, lead me to walk in Your victory I pray! In Jesus name! Amen!