I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
We should learn to remind ourselves of Christ’s victory. We live only to spread this message of victory to other people. With our words and example, we tell them about the victory that Christ secured for us and gave to us. Christ, our victor, accomplished everything. We don’t need to add anything to it. We don’t need to wipe away our own sins or try to conquer death and the devil. Everything has already been done for us. We’re not fighting the real battle. We’re only suffering now in order to share in Christ’s victory. All of our suffering combined, even all the suffering and blood of the martyrs and saints, wouldn’t give us the victory. It’s not accomplished by what we do. Some people claim that we ought to be able to conquer sin, death, and hell on our own. By saying this, they insult Christ. But our struggles and fighting come way too late. The battle must have been won already if we are to have any comfort and peace. Christ says, “I have already won. Accept my victory. Sing about it and glorify it. Take comfort in it.”
We know form the past that when believers were severely tested, the Holy Spirit reminded them of Christ’s victory and strengthened them so that they could endure everything. They could even face martyrdom, relying on Christ’s victory. May God help us also to hold onto Christ’s victory during our troubles and when we’re dying. Even though we don’t understand these words of Christ completely, we can still believe in them in times of trouble and reassure ourselves: “My Lord and Savior spoke these words to my heart. In Christ I have a victor over the world, death, and the devil. It doesn’t matter how small and weak I am. Amen.”
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