I rarely watch college basketball until March Madness, but I love the excitement that comes with high-stakes tournament play. Even if I’m not particularly attached to either team, I usually end up picking a favorite, and then I feel nervous if the game comes down to the wire. Sometimes I wish I could fast-forward just a few minutes and know the outcome.
As we walk through life in this fallen world, we might start to wonder, “Who’s gonna win? Will God really come out on top here, or are the forces of evil too great?” It seems like sin, wickedness, and death are winning. We watch as violence rages around the world, disease threatens those we love, and sin rips families apart.
At times, I wish I could just skip to the end and see God’s victory for myself. But we have God’s Word, and it tells us how this will end. Spoiler alert: Jesus wins. And because we are united to Him by faith, His victory is our victory.
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
Through all of March, we’ve been looking at the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection. He reconciled us to God, shed His blood for our forgiveness, and secured our justification. As we live out our days as those who have been redeemed, we also have His power as we deal with the evil we face in this world. We face temptation, and we grieve the effects of this fallen world. But there is hope!
First John 4:4 proclaims that He who is in you (the Holy Spirit) is greater than he who is in the world (the devil and the forces of evil). God’s victory has already taken place. Jesus Christ sits at the Father’s right hand and reigns right now over all powers and dominions (Eph. 1:19-21). His Spirit dwells in us, reminding us to not lose heart because the glorious consummation of His kingdom is coming (2 Cor. 4:16-18).
Yes, there is a spiritual battle raging around us. But we know how this story ends, and it ends with the victory secured by our reigning King, Jesus Christ.
No matter what you face this week, in Christ, our victory is certain and secure.Share