I am not as athletic as I would like to be.
I can’t throw a ball to save my life. If I throw it with all my might, I can’t even make it fly halfway across our church gym (though everyone else seems to be able to).
I am an uncoordinated, floppy mess when I swim. I can’t do the strokes and get air and swim all at the same time.
My one summer of field hockey was a disaster. I got hit in the knee with a field hockey ball, fell down to the ground, and started bawling.
I’m not completely horrible at tennis. But my swing definitely needs work, and I don’t have a strong serve. Those are kind of the essentials I suppose…
There was one season of victory in my sports career. Sadly, I was not the cause of it.
I was placed on an indoor soccer team with only one girl and about six boys. It wasn’t very fun playing with a lot of boys, but those boys were great players. They scored lots of goals and blocked lots of shots for our team.
Our team won every game that season. But I didn’t have to do anything! I just had to play. I simply showed up and went onto the field. I didn’t have to come up with scoring strategies or face the intimidation of being in the goalie box every week. In fact, I barely touched the ball during the whole season.
I didn’t earn that victory, but I got to experience it.
This is how victory is with Jesus.
He earned our victory for us and lets us experience it. He conquered sin and hell and death, and He shares that victory with us. We don’t deserve that victory, but if we accept Him—if we choose Jesus—we get to experience it.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 15:54-57
We get to experience the blessings of Jesus’ resurrection and His conquering of sin. If He hadn’t conquered sin, we wouldn’t be able to do so today. But because He has the victory over sin and death, death doesn’t have the same painful sting.
Yes, we feel pain. We do have to watch others pass away, which can cause us great sadness.
But imagine if Jesus hadn’t conquered sin and death.
We’d be trapped in our evil ways and wouldn’t be able to get out of them. We wouldn’t be able to conquer our porn addictions or lying habits or anger issues.
If Jesus hadn’t risen, there would be no hope. We would be serving a dead Savior who wasn’t able to conquer the grave.
But He did.
If we’re saved, we’re going to heaven for eternity when we die. And this is only because “He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Let Jesus give you victory over your addictions, habits, and issues you’re facing. Because the Holy Spirit lives inside you, those sins can be conquered. Live and breathe in this sweet victory. And thank the One who earned it for you.