John 12:19 – The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.
Satan thought Abel was the one, so he incited Cain to slay him. (Allow me one side-step for a moment. Anyone who thinks he can defeat our God is not all that intelligent. I refer to Satan and any who bow to him.) Satan thought it may have been Moses, so he tried to kill him as an infant. Could it have been Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, or any one of thousands of sons of Israel? Herod tried to have Him killed as an infant. For His words, religious leaders and double-minded crowds tried to stone Him, throw Him from a cliff, incite riots against Him, and find anyone they could to bear false witness against Him. Every attempt failed. At His arrest, beatings, mock trial, continued abuse, crucifixion, death, and burial, they thought they had finally succeeded. Little did they know. To assure their success they placed a great stone over His tomb entrance, and even placed guards there to prevent grave tampering. Still they existed for a short time in false sense of success.
But then, on the third day, in the morning, all their planning, deception, devices of destruction, and dreams came to a sudden end. He had risen! He was alive! And He was alive forevermore! Ah, but there’s even more. Because we believed and confessed Him as Lord, we died with Him. Because we are baptized, we are buried with Him. Because He has risen, we have risen with Him. Because He has been seated, we have been seated with Him. Because He is King and Lord, we are kings and lords. Because He ever lives, we live forever. Because He prays, we pray. Because He cannot be defeated, we are victorious. And we have an eternal inheritance and covenant through which we obtain promises and live in victory.
No weapon formed against us shall prosper. His angels bear me up in their hands lest we dash our feet against a stone. We are the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. Our enemies come against us one way and flee before us seven ways. The evil words spoken against us by our enemies will be turned back upon them, and they shall suffer themselves what their words intended to befall us. We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. We are redeemed from the curse of the law for Jesus was made to be a curse for us. And as He is, so are we in this world. For you and me, all this spells, speaks, and screams VICTORY IN JESUS!
Manna for Today – John 12:12-19; Isaiah 54:17; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 91; Psalm 64; 1 John 5:4