The Victory of the Resurrection

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by Rev. Samuel D. Geroy

The good news from the graveyard is that Jesus is risen! That news for the Christian means victory- a triumph that is complete, final and permanent. When Germany, Italy and Japan overran Europe and Asia during World War II they thought they had conquered the world. But in a few years they lost conquered territory and their military might was crushed. No victory is real victory until it is complete, final and permanent.

When He resurrected, Jesus defeated our greatest enemy. By His death He paid the price for our sins and when He rose from the grave He completed and finalized the payment because the Father in heaven accepted it (Romans 425). Now death is conquered. Satan cannot use it anymore to defeat the believer. Jesus followers can now operate in total security. No struggle is too big; no question is unanswerable; no problem is too difficult to solve; no trial is too unbearable for the Christian. Since Jesus rose from the grave never to die again, that triumph has become decisive and permanent.

To have complete victory in our lives, we must fight and defeat our greatest enemy- Satan. In Israel's battle against Aram, Mesopotamian soldiers were commanded not to fight against ordinary soldiers but only the King of Israel (1 Kings 22:31). But King Ahab disguised himself in a foot soldier's armor. God arranged that he will get killed anyway. During King Saul's war against the Philistines, their champion Goliath challenged anyone from Israel to fight him one-on-one in order to decide the battle. David killed him with his slingshot and the battle was won. We defeat Satan by claiming the power of the resurrection of Christ. We die to the things of the flesh and live again to the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25). We can put to death our sinful life and let the new birth exert its power in us everyday (Romans 6:5-14).

Though the Lord spoke about it many times before, when He resurrected everyone was surprised. Upon His death on the cross, His disciples lost their Teacher and Lord; Jewish leaders quieted their opposition thinking that Jesus' teachings died with Him; common people lost their hope of a revolution against Rome; and the devil thought he stopped the divine Leader and forced Him to abort His mission ( 1 Corinthians 2:8). But He rose again! His followers received a potent hope to end every doubt about His kingdom. The leaders of the Jews could no longer stop the advance of the Church and many were converted from among them. People joined a new revolution that spread God's love to all the world. Satan can only delay and disrupt but never stop the fulfillment of God's plan.

Now Jesus' resurrection brings victory to the hopeless. They showed that by their great joy and desire to always praise God (Luke 24:50-53). Indeed their team received a new morale so that they turned the world upside down Acts 17:6). From hopelessness to fearlessness, from defeat to conquest, from retreat to fulfillment was their calling. They became invincible because they can no longer be separated from the love and power of Christ (Romans 8:35-39).

The most important realization for believers was this- in the face of utter defeat, their Leader found a way to win! This is the way of resurrection life- to find a way to win in any situation. This same attitude must dwell in the heart of every Christian- find a way to win in any trouble, task or test; find a way to do the will of God, a way to fulfill His Word, a way to testify about His salvation, a way to glorify His name.

Daniel found a way to win in the lion's den. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego found a way to win in the furnace of fire. Fanny Crosby found a way to win in her blindness. You and I can find a way to win in this 21st century calamities, terrorism, materialism and the superhuman task of reaching a lost world before the return of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Pastor Sam Geroy

Please commit in prayer the need to rent a house for a playschool in Lapulapu City, Mactan, Cebu. Also, pray for the completion of the Calvary Baptist Church chapel in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental. Needed amount: P 1.5 million. What the Lord started, He will finish (Philippians 1:6)