As a cheerleader, I shouted the spellings of many words: hustle, win, aggressive, score, fight, and (of course) V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!! Victory is the ultimate goal of every competitor. To be victorious is to be successful, dominant, and superior. If you are not victorious, you have been defeated. You are presumed inferior, weak, and overpowered. What makes a victory truly great is when it seems unattainable. When you think you have been defeated, a comeback is always glorious.
At the cross, Christ seemingly lost the battle with death. He proclaimed, “It is finished,” and released His life (Matt. 27:50). After centuries of enmity, Satan believed that He had gained complete control of the world; the supposed Messiah was dead. However, this became the greatest come-back story in history. On Sunday, Christ rose again. He overpowered death. Satan no longer had the upper hand. Through death, Christ “destroyed him that had the power of death” (Heb. 2:14).
Because of Adam’s sin, we will all die; we cannot be victorious over the grave (Rom. 5:12). However, those in Christ have the promise of being “made alive” (I Cor. 15: 22). Those who have trusted in the Gospel – that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again – will receive victory over death (I Cor. 15:57). Because of Christ’s victorious resurrection, we can be victorious as well.
Do you have certain victory over death?