The crowd was wildly cheering and the loudspeakers were blasting a celebratory song. The Los Angeles Dodgers had won the baseball game! Across the packed stadium, fans were high-fiving each other and shouting what was being lit up on the scoreboards that encircled us, “We Win!” Even as our family exited the stadium, the revelry continued and random groups of people were celebrating with various dances and yells. The excitement was infectious! We were sharing the victory with the winning team!
Less than twelve hours later, I was sitting in our Sunday worship service and singing a rousing worship song. One of the verses I sang stated, “Death could not hold You!” Several voices rang out in unison, “Yes!” The excitement built and by the end of the song, the congregation was on their feet, hands raised in the air, fists pumping. When the last note was sung, spontaneous applause erupted. The excitement was also infectious but it was different than the baseball game.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (ESV)
The win at the Dodger game was exciting and I shared in the celebration, but it was a win achieved by the baseball players. Jesus’ victory was not a vicarious victory for us to celebrate. He gave us the victory. We win because Jesus won! His victory over death gives us eternal life and salvation. We live because He lives.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.