Victory: A superior position achieved against any opponent, opposition, or difficulty. A triumph; the ultimate decisive superiority in any battle or contest.
That is the definition of victory, and I’ll tell ya: I get so pumped up just reading that little blurb. Why? Because we’re all a part of the most important victory of all time. It was all won before you could lift a gun, before you came out of the womb. This gigantic victory is Christ Jesus.
A little while ago, we celebrated the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a celebration of the triumph of the cross in the actions that lead to our salvation. God sent His only Son down to this earth to be with us: the rich, the poor, the healthy, and the weak. He came to save us, to fight a battle against sin and death. In one momentous act of love, He won the victory for all of us – an action we can never forget, one that we remember through the crucifix. It isn’t just a reminder of the pain and cruelty Christ suffered for us, but instead it is a sign of immense love and passion, that special agape love Christ speaks of in the Gospel. Galatians says it perfectly: “Let our glory be in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ; in Him we have salvation, life and resurrection; through Him we are rescued and set free” (Galatians 6:14).
So what does this all mean for me?
The battle has been won! We must realize that Christ has already won this battle against sin and death. With this knowledge, we can go out fearlessly knowing we’re facing an opponent who has already been beaten.
When we are faced with temptation and sin, all we need to do is look to the cross. It is there where we can find the strength and courage to press on in this world. Christ’s death and resurrection should inspire us to go on in hope. We can go into the still-present battle against sin with Christ in our hearts. We must go out to proclaim this fearless victory.
What do I do?
In those moments of sin where it seems we are certainly surrounded, we must proclaim His fearless victory. We do this by acknowledging the things Christ has done amongst turmoil, such as bringing family together, bringing us closer to His loving grace, and just being so good to us. When we realize what God has done for us, we are taking away things the devil can use against us.
I once heard that the crucifix should be our greatest trophy. As an athlete, I have my trophies reminding me of the great wins, the opponents, and the memories. The Crucifix is the biggest and most important of these: victory over sin and death – I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s pretty huge.
So with this, I send YOU out to go live for love and truth proclaiming this fearless victory of Christ. I am praying for you. If your struggling or would like someone to help give thanks, send me your prayers at [email protected]. God bless.