Victory in Jesus

“I heard an old, old story, How a Savior came from glory, How He gave His life on Calvary To save a wretch like me…”

I love old hymns.  The richness of the lyrics, power of the voices, and steadfast melodies stir in my heart and allow me to meditate on words that usually I gloss over.  Victory in Jesus is a perfect example, and Judah shows us in 2 Chronicles 12-15, what that looks like.

Abijah, King of Judah, squares off with a much greater army twice his size.  Yet, he stands on a mountaintop for all to see (not a great battle strategy) and announces, “But as for us, the LORD is our God…do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed!” Jerusalem and Jeroboam had forsaken their God and turn to idols, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of Judah.

Next, Zerah an Ethiopian, marched on Judah with 1 million men. That’s right, there was 1 million men in one place, for one purpose, which was to destroy Judah.  King Asa pleads for help, “O Lord, you are our God, let not man prevail against You.” So, the Lord delivered Judah, and they captured all of Zerah’s possessions.

Finally, King Asa gathered all of the people of Judah together to worship the Lord, and commit their way to Him. They sacrificed, tore down idols, and entered whole-heartedly into a covenant with God, and for this he gave them peace.

You’re up against a massive army.  Temptation surrounds us, stress overloads us, and guilt plagues us. Yet, victory is in the Lord! Paul tells the Corinthians in 1 Cor 15:57, “But thanks be to God, who has given us the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ.”. Jesus has conquered death, and He lives to conquer for us each day.

“He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.”

-Eugene M. Barlett 1939

 

Kramer Farney