Our Bible verse for today: “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in the world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” John 16:33 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “The war is over”
I want to borrow another story this morning from author Ted Dekker. He writes about a Japanese soldier during World War II who was stranded on a remote island in the Pacific by himself. His fellow soldiers had all been killed in battle and he alone survived, isolated from the world.
He stayed on that island for more than twenty years believing that the war was still raging. When rescuers finally discovered him his first impulse was to fight, to engage them in battle. But imagine his shock when he was told that the war had ended. There were no more battles to be fought. The war had been over for a long time, but his personal experience of the war continued for all that time because of his ignorance of that truth.
In John 19:30, as He hung on the cross and just moments before He gave up His spirit, Jesus declared, “It is finished!” What was finished? The war against sin was finished! Jesus won that war once and for all with His sacrifice on the cross. Satan was defeated. The war was over. We have the victory in Christ. It is finished!
Dekker’s point in telling that story is that many of us act like that Japanese soldier. We apparently don’t realize that the war has been won, so we allow ourselves to be dragged into battles that don’t need to be fought.
The only battle that remains to be engaged in is your personal battle of awakening to the truth that you have victory in Christ. You are now involved in a progressive awakening to who you are in Christ and the impact His victory has in your life. The victory is a gift from God to you and comes as a result of His great love for you.
Remember the story of the caterpillar and the butterfly from yesterday? The caterpillar has tunnel vision and therefore a very limited understanding of the reality of his situation. The butterfly has a greatly expanded perspective and can therefore see the reality of things much more clearly. As we spiritually soar above the circumstances of life, viewing it all from an elevated perspective, we can see that the war has indeed been won and Satan is a defeated foe. We can now live in the reality of the victory we have in Christ.
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in the world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” The love of Jesus did that for you, so embrace the victory, live like the victor that you are.