Did our team score?
“Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.â€
Yippie, alleluia, celebrate, rejoice, dance, sing, shout out, jubilate, glorify, praise, laud, revel, feast, exalt, delight, smile, rise up, laugh, cheer, make merry!
Our team has scored, we have won, and we didnâ€™t even have to play.
One person â€“ the God-man Jesus Christ stuck with it the entire time, He sacrificed, fought hard, laid out our strategy for success, and gave His all, His very life so that our team would win.
Jesusâ€™ victory is the reason we celebrate today. On Good Friday He completed the course. His sacrificial death washed us in His blood. We are no longer bound to sin and death, but freed. When the Father looks at us, His children, He sees His Son Jesus in us. He loves us so much â€“ in the very same way He loves His Son.
Today, Jesus has shown us the promise â€“ what we will be like forever. Since we are in Him and He is in us, we know that we will be exactly like Him in the resurrection.
The VICTORY? â€“ The power of death has been overcome. Death is no more. The devil has been crushed and he holds no power over us.
What does this victory, nearly 2,000 years ago mean for me today?
Christâ€™s victory means all of the following and much more:
- We will live forever.
- The world cannot tell us that this is it; there is nothing else.
- We have nothing to fear.
- We have true power and freedom.
- We are beautiful in Godâ€™s eyes.
- We have a path and a plan that makes our lives wonderful here on earth.
- We have reason to celebrate.
- We are all family â€“ as Godâ€™s children, Jesusâ€™ brother and sisters, and as community to each other for we have one faith and hope.
We have reason to proclaim this message: God came to save us and did redeem us. We have won because Jesus won the ultimate victory. He has risen, death is no more for us, GUARANTEED!