But thanks be to God who gives us VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57 (emphasis mine)
I HEARD AN OLD, OLD STORY
HOW A SAVIOUR CAME FROM GLORY
HOW HE GAVE HIS LIFE ON CALVARY
TO SAVE SOMEONE LIKE ME
I HEARD ABOUT HIS GROANING,
OF HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD’S ATONING
THEN I REPENTED OF MY SIN
AND WON THE VICTORY
OH, VICTORY IN JESUS, MY SAVIOUR FOREVER
HE SOUGHT ME AND HE BOUGHT ME
WITH HIS REDEEMING BLOOD
HE LOVED ME ERE I KNEW HIM
AND ALL MY LOVE IS DUE HIM
HE PLUNGED ME TO VICTORY
BENEATH THE CLEANSING BLOOD. . .
The blood of Jesus as so sweetly stated in the time-honored hymn above releases a flood of victory in our stories. I first heard the hymn while participating in an inner city ministry in New York City for a summer. My team had the privilege of serving at a life changing placed called The Bowery Mission. Homeless men and women find hope through the love of Christ and intentionality of a recovery program.
I remember lending a hand to serve lunch and then a chapel service followed. “Victory in Jesus” sung at the top of the lungs of men and women who knew the despair of looking for a blanket to cover while sleeping and the taste of receiving a warm meal for the first time in weeks. The celebration song reverberated off the walls, cementing a powerful memory about the “least of these” in our society embracing victory.
United to Him through faith, you and I can declare the reality that He has “plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing blood.” Victory through Jesus resonates as a theme to be held high in our stories.
Triumph over consuming addiction.
Win the battle against unforgiveness.
Capture your thoughts so anxiety stays at bay.
Shutout fear about your child’s future.
Takeover the next chapter of your story by surrendering the circumstances to God’s plan.
The believer’s triumph over sin and Satan unleashes a new chapter. You and I are designed to live in VICTORY through God’s Spirit and His Word. I love Sara’s story of victory over depression after a long battle. I pray we lay hold of the “old, old story” of the victory we have in Jesus. That’s what Easter shouts to us!