Many of you know I am a sports enthusiasts. There is great excitement in being on the winning team. Both my sons played ball and Connie and I went to great lengths to be at all their games, wearing the team colors, and screaming until our voices were hoarse. Victory is so much fun – defeat is not.
Today, Christians all around the world, celebrate the victory of our Lord and Savior. It is exciting to be on the winning team. It is also important to understand what that victory means for you and me.
John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
My steps are lighter today. My heart is singing the name of Jesus, who defeated the grave on our behalf. The King of kings and Lord of lords has risen from the grave. Death could not hold its grip on Him – NO! – He stared evil in the eyes and said loudly and clearly, “You will not take my children!”
Now its our part. One of the most moving scriptures to me in the Bible is from John when Jesus is talking with Peter after the Resurrection. He asks Peter three times if he loves Him. “The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.'”
Do you know who are His sheep?
If you have ever worked with animals, you know that animals must be fed and watered every day. You can’t just feed them once and be done with it because they will die of starvation. When Connie and I go on vacation, we are very careful with whom we leave our pets. As our children have grown older, our pets have become more and more a part of our family, and I’m not going to leave my animals with just anybody.
In the same loving manner, Jesus is securing our care with His disciples. He is putting the care of future generations in our hands.
There is a story in Acts Chapter 5. The disciples were arrested for healing and preaching in the name of Jesus Christ. Under locked security, the Lord removes the disciples from the prison and they are found again preaching and healing in the Temple. When the High Priests hear this, they are furious and want to put the disciples to death. A Pharisee named, Gamaliel, who was considered a teacher of the law, addressed the people and made a very profound statement which we can take to heart, “Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
Even the Pharisees knew, if God is behind it, no one will stop it.
Proclaim victory in your life today! Shout and celebrate for Jesus Christ won for you on the Cross; He won for you in your day-to-day walk; He won the victory over evil that glorious day when the stone was rolled aside and He stood and walked from the grave. Jesus Christ our Risen Lord welcomes you on His team.