From the Pulpit: ‘You have victory in Christ’

By: 
Associate Pastor Josh King, Celebrate Community Church

In the 2007 Super Bowl, the New England Patriots were 16-0 in the regular season, facing off against the 10-6 New York Giants. Hardly anyone was giving the Giants any kind of love; people had written them off before they even kicked the ball off. In fact, going into the game, the Giants were 12.5-point underdogs. For those of you who are not into sports …t heywere not supposed to win. Despite all the confidence the Patriots had, despite the fact that they were supposed to win handily, there was one thing the Patriots did not do … throw a Super Bowl victory parade before the game … how foolish would that have been? Good thing they didn’t, they ended up losing the game, 17-14, shocking the sports world. Have you ever heard of a team hosting a victory parade before the game? Of course not! It would be ridiculous to assume the outcome of a game before it is even played.

Come to think of it, I do know one person who has thrown a victory parade before the game was played … Jesus. By the time you read this, Palm Sunday will have passed, and we are in the middle of ‘Holy Week’. However, in essence, Palm Sunday was Jesus’ victory parade before the game had even commenced. We see Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey all while people around him shout ‘Hosanna!’ Simultaneously, people are rolling out the red carpet by laying down cloaks and palm branches, welcoming their King. Many of us know how this game ends … by Friday night, Jesus has been brutally beaten and crucified … by the following Sunday, he has been resurrected from the grave, securing eternal life for all who surrender to him. The question then must be asked, how could Jesus throw a victory parade a week before the game had been won? In Revelation 1:8, Jesus says these words, “‘I am the Alpha and Omega’, says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’” The words Alpha

 and Omega simply mean beginning and end. In Isaiah 46, we are told that God makes known the end from the beginning.

The point I am trying to make is that on Palm Sunday, Jesus knew what was coming ... the agony that lay ahead. However, He also knew the outcome of His suffering … eternal life for those who choose to repent and surrender to Christ. One of the things Jesus said as he hung on the cross was ‘tetelestai’, a Greek word meaning, ‘It is finished’. Wherever you are today … remember that you have victory in Christ, it is finished, sin no longer has a hold on the people of God.

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