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Easter Sunday – Victory!

Posted on Sun, Apr 21, 2019

Some of you may remember the TV show ABC’s Wide World of Sports where the tagline was “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”  The video montage at the beginning showed moments of victory and then some not so glorious performances. 

Today is really all about victory. 

Think of how victory is often experienced in our lives.  You win the victory to lose weight or watch your weight and then you gain back everything you lost.  Perhaps you have had the experience of being part of a team which won a championship; but if you really think about it, you’re only the champion until another team wins the championship the next year.

cross-2713356_1920 (4)In 1 Corinthians 15:57, the Apostle Paul exclaims “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is not some temporary, earthly victory.  This is an eternal victory over sin, death and the devil.  The Bible tells us that on that first Good Friday afternoon the devil thought he was triumphant because Jesus died.  The Bible also tells us the first place Jesus went on Easter Sunday morning after he came back to life – he went to hell to show the devil that he had won and was alive again.

Maybe you have been to a funeral for a Christian friend or loved one which was described as a “victory celebration." That is a very appropriate description – it gets our minds and eyes past the temporary earthly rest of death and helps us look ahead to the victory which the person who has died now has.  No more earthly pain, sorrow or trouble, the person who has died has won the earthly battle through faith in Jesus and will rise to a perfect, new life in heaven.  This is what each of us as children of God can look forward to.

A blessed Easter to each of you as you celebrate and look forward to the eternal victory which is ours in Christ!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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