by Hector Meza
1 Corinthians 15:57
"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"
I think that I'm still in shock over the Super Bowl. I still can't believe the outcome because my wife and I, like many others, turned the game off in the 4th quarter with the Falcons up by 16 points. There was little time remaining in the fourth quarter and nothing had gone right for the Patriots up to that point anyhow so what was the point. Tom Brady threw an interception that was returned by the Falcons for a score. Julio Jones made some unbelievable catches, while the Patriots seemed to find a new way to cheat by putting butter on their hands. Not really but, they're still cheaters! Game over right?
You can imagine (or perhaps you also experienced) our shock to find that the Patriots had won the game. The Patriots could have seen their situation and the time remaining and fallen into despair. Just like we do in our own lives, when trial after trial breaks in to steal away our joy and hope. Yet they didn't, they kept pushing through, "faking it, until making it." And in the process they became champions.
For the life of a Christian, we find our victory in Jesus. In fact, it's not our victory at all but Christ's victory which He gives to us. For Jesus, everything seemed to come to a pitiful end. Burdened with the weight of our sin, deserted by everyone, mocked, bruised and beaten, it seemed hopeless for our God. Yet we know that that is not the end of the story. Jesus rose from the dead in the greatest comeback of all time. It was so shocking that Thomas asked to actually put his fingers in Jesus' wounds. Though unbelievable the truth of Jesus' victory changed Thomas into a true follower of Jesus who travelled to distant lands as a witness to the risen Christ, eventually being murdered for his testimony. He was able to endure a difficult life because through Jesus, Thomas was already a champion.
What about in your life? Is there a struggle that seems hopeless? Are you in the fourth quarter and down by an insurmountable deficit? Trust in the one who is the true champion and has called us onto His team.
Soli Deo Gloria,