Victory. It’s a word I recently used to describe a newly organized closet. Used it to claim the rare win the Twins tallied last night. And I’ve called anything from a tasty new recipe to hitting a really great sale a victory.
These are not victories. At least not in light of THE victory. Victory is Christ defeating death after willingly accepting the cruelest of tortures.
I can’t begin to imagine the raging war that took place the night before he faced the Cross. I know there’s some artistic license in this film, but I love this scene from The Passion of the Christ. It’s chilling. It’s heartbreaking. It foreshadows victory.
I know how it ends. There’s never a doubt that he will do what he came to do. Triumph is imminent. But when he crushes the head of the serpent, I cheer and tear up all at once.
Again this Good Friday, we read from Isaiah 53, the prophecy telling of Christ’s death for us. There are few other words than, “Thank you Jesus.”
Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. …
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.