The Thrill of Victory
Or, the agony of defeat
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15
When I was a teenager, I would often watch Wide World of Sports on Saturday afternoon. It always began with a short film clip showing someone being victorious, and someone else in the throes of defeat. The winners were jubilant—fists in the air and/or smiling—while the losers were tearful—sometimes even injured—and the agony of not being victorious was evident in their expression and posture.
Jesus was in agony on the cross. He was injured to the point of death, and the pain on His face was there for the world to see. And yet, He was victorious. To His enemies, it appeared they had won. They had made a spectacle of this “Jesus”, a mere man who dared think Himself the Son of God. Little did they know, they had been set up, and this “man” would, three days later, rise from the grave, defeating sin and death forever.
Jesus did not defeat sin and death for Himself, He did it for you and me. If we go through our days with a look and posture of defeat, we are not living the life of victory Jesus provided us when He died and then walked out of the tomb they’d placed Him in. Every day, we should wear a huge smile, displaying the thrill of victory He has given us.