Victory in Jesus!
On Friday I shared that I participated in my first Lent study with a group of ladies using Journey to the Cross by Paul David Tripp. Day 31 focused on Colossians 2:14, which pondered HERE on Good Friday. Day 31 also included a list that communicates the triumph of Jesus through circumstances that didn’t look triumphant. The same is true of us. Just because something doesn’t look triumphant, doesn’t mean it isn’t.
This Easter morning I share the list from Journey to the Cross in
celebration of our Savior and our victory in Jesus.
The birth of Jesus was a victory.
The escape from the hand of Herod was a victory.
The humanity of Jesus was a victory.
The perfect life of Jesus was a victory.
The triumph over temptation was a victory.
The public baptism of Jesus was a victory.
The teaching of Jesus was a victory.
The healing ministry to Jesus was a victory.
The arrest in Gethsemane was a victory.
The trial and torture of Jesus was a victory.
The crucifixion with criminals was a victory.
The separation from His Father was a victory.
His death on a cross was a victory.
The resurrection was a victory.
His post-resurrection appearing to his followers was a victory.
His ascension was a victory.
Everything in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, even those things that appeared to be defeats, were victories.
I have spent several blog posts in the last month thinking about rest. Today we celebrate the ultimate rest made possible by Easter morning. Because of Christ’s resurrection defeat over the curse of death, we can confidently believe in life eternal when this short life is over.
Let’s spend the rest of our lives claiming our victory in Jesus by living a life of confidence — through every kind of circumstance — that exudes the truth that Easter isn’t a fairy tale.
Heaven was made possible because He lived.
May heaven become larger because we lived.
Picture Explanation: Spring tulips at Gibbs Gardens, and a little boy that is now a young man, but that bright smile has remained the same.
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