27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
Often when we read the crucifixion story we think of the resurrection as the victory. While the resurrection was a huge victory, I believe there were other victories that happened during that week.
1. His victory over sin
The sinless spotless God of the universe put on flesh and stepped into a sinful world. A close equivalent would be stepping into a septic tank. Our sin is that revolting. He lived in this world surrounded by that sin but never gave into it. During this time, He didn’t isolate Himself. He reached out to the most sinful he could find; yet, he didn’t sin one time!
2. His victory over self
Who doesn’t want revenge when someone is hurting them for something they didn’t do. Jesus suffered greatly for sin that wasn’t His. He even said He could call legions of angels if he wanted. He still had all power. Yet when He was receiving their worst, He refused to think of Himself. He forgave saying, “they know not what they do” and even forgave the other thief on the cross. He could have stopped the proceedings at any second, yet because He loved us, he accepted our punishment to the fullest. We would have not option of eternal life if He didn’t have victory over Himself.
3. His victory over Satan
Satan did everything He could to trip up Jesus. Satan even tempted Jesus after Jesus had fasted for 40 days. Satan came after Jesus when Jesus was the most vulnerable. I’m sure while unseen, Satan was tempting Jesus all the way to the cross and before Jesus’s death. Yet Jesus overcame.
What does this mean for me?
Jesus’s victory means I can have victory:Victory over Sin, Victory over Self, Victory over Satan
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
God gives us His power, lets live in victory today!