Reflections: Upside-down victory
Jesus’ announcement of the kingdom leads to many expectations among those who follow him as to how he has come to reign and rule. These expectations are turned on their head when he is executed as a revolutionary at the hands of the Roman Empire, after being unjustly accused by the Jewish leaders. It looks like a defeat, not a victory. Despite Jesus telling them in advance, they are stunned by the reality of his resurrection. God has raised Jesus to new life, meaning his death was a victory not merely over the Romans, but over sin, evil, and death itself. He has opened the way to new life and a new era in history. Nothing will ever be the same again.
Questions: What difference does it make for you that Jesus has defeated sin and death once and for all? How are you living the new life of his resurrection today?
Prayers: Resurrected King Jesus, you have defeated death and you reign forever, you are worthy of all praise! Thank you that your victory changes everything for me, and for the whole world. Show me how to live in your resurrection life today.