Today’s #WorshipWednesday song talks of a ‘Day of Victory’ – so what is a day of victory?
Well for us as Christians it’s every day! Because of the Easter events that we will remember and celebrate this week we are victorious in Jesus Christ.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean we will not have problems. Indeed in the first part of John 16:33 Jesus himself tells us “In this world you will have trouble.” But more importantly, in the second part of the same verse Jesus goes on to say “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So there are still battles to be fought, but Jesus has won the war! No matter what this world throws at us, Jesus has won the greatest victory. Worldly problems, but an eternal victory; worldly issues, but Godly promises.
There are times when we may not feel victorious, perhaps overwhelmed by what the world is throwing at us; it is hard not to feel weighed down by concern over the current Coronavirus pandemic for example. But as today’s song reminds us ‘we have an anthem of hope’, ‘my chains are gone, now I am free indeed. Every debt is paid by amazing grace, all that’s left is to celebrate. Your love has won.’
We are no longer fighting for victory, we are fighting in victory. The cross may have looked like losing, but it was winning, not an end but a beginning. Faith is relying on the direct evidence of Scripture; it doesn’t mean we deny reality, it simply means we are in touch with a greater reality.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (NIV) 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.