Victory at the Cross
To say it another way,
He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
- - Colossians 2:14
"Finished" is the word we use after a job is done. It is a word that says we don't need to work anymore, because it is done. "Finished" is also the word Jesus used from the cross. He said, "It is finished!" (John 19:30). In other words, "It is accomplished!"
Evil, Satan, the devil was completely defeated at the cross of Calvary, and that is something he doesn't want us to remember or share. Talking about His future crucifixion, Jesus said, "The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out."
Through His death, Jesus destroyed the one who had the power of death, which is the devil. And when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, the stranglehold of Satan is broken. He cannot control us. We can rest in the finished work of Christ.
This means that when we face spiritual battles, we are not fighting for victory; we are fighting from it. We don't fight to get victory. We fight because it has already been obtained. We don't need to pray, "Lord, give me victory." Rather, we should pray, "Lord, I have victory, and I will live accordingly." As Romans 8:37 tells us, "Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ."
We have won in the spiritual battle. We can daily overcome the enemy. I am not saying we will win every battle, but I am saying we will win the war. I am not saying we never will sin and never will stumble, because we will. We all will. But we can win the victory, because we stand in the righteousness of Christ.
This Easter, remember these truths and live in the power of the Resurrection. May the evil in this world fear the Church, because we are empowered by the One, our Savior Jesus, who brings the victory. His Power, His sacrifice, our victory.
The blood of Christ brings us into the family of God forever, and His hold on us is secure.
A young couple adopted a child from Africa. Amazingly, the boy had spent the first three years of his life living on the streets of his village until a nun took him into an orphanage. No one knew who the boy's parents were or even when he was born. He was alone in the world.
When the young couple adopted the boy, all he had to his name were tattered clothes on his back and a blanket he had picked up somewhere along the way. The blanket had been torn to shreds, but the boy treasured it.
When his adoptive parents brought him home, they gave him a closet full of clothes, a pantry full of food, and a bed with pillows and clean sheets, all of which were completely new to the boy. Initially, the boy struggled to trust that this was truly his home. Surrounded by all the provisions he would ever need, the boy held tight to his tattered blanket, trusting in it more than the security of his new home.
We are often the same way with the assurance we have in Christ. It can be so hard sometimes to believe that Christ came for "criminals and every Pharisees" and "for hypocrites, even one like me." It can be hard to trust that we belong to Him and that He will really keep us as His own.
But as it was with the boy's adoption, though we may struggle to believe it's true, our security in Christ is based on more than a fleeting whim. It rests on a legal transaction, signed in the blood of Christ, that assures us that His "death is hell's defeat. A cross meant to kill is my victory." We are not left to wander through this world alone. Because of the blood of Christ, we can sing with confidence, "Your amazing grace, I've seen and tasted it. It's running through my veins. I can't escape its grip."
So, when the devil tries to strike that fatal blow against you, it no doubt will be repelled, because you are standing right with God. May we rest in this promise: when our faith is in Christ, we belong to Him forever. He is our victory. We can have confidence, "in You (My Jesus) my soul is safe. You cover everything."