I’m a little bit of an Olympic Games tragic and, while it’s not quite the Olympic Games and the level of competition is not quite as high, the Commonwealth Games provide one of the few times when I will sit down to watch sport on TV.
In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, the TV ads pitched the events as a rivalry between Australia and her sporting nemesis England. Certainly, looking at the medal tally as it currently stands, it would really seem as if Australia and England are where the bulk of the competition seems to rest – certainly in the pool. Over the last week we have seen Australia achieve great victories in the pool.
Victory is defined as an act of defeating an opponent or enemy in a game, battle or competition. Australia has had victory in the pool in the Commonwealth Games. But that kind of victory is short lasting. World records come and go, and four years roll around and a younger, faster, more determined swimmer with a quicker reaction time beats the previous Commonwealth Games champion.
Victory with Jesus is different. His victory is forever. Jesus’ death on the cross has paid the punishment for our sin. The cross doesn’t stand on its own. Jesus’ resurrection has real meaning. Death is the outworking of our sin, but the resurrection is the proof of our salvation. Jesus not only paid for our sin, but he conquered and defeated sin and death. The cycle of sin and death has been defeated, and we can have new life by trusting in Christ. Christ has victory! “But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” (Acts 2:24)
As we watch events like the Commonwealth Games we like to claim the victory of the individual athletes as our own. They represent us as a nation. In a similar way, Jesus represents us. 1 Corinthians 15:57 tells us that if we believe in Jesus and trust in him then his victory is also ours. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus’ victory over sin and death guarantees us eternal life, the forgiveness of sin and a relationship with our creator God if we trust in him. Are you on the winning side?
I trust that you will all enjoy a safe school holiday period and we look forward to our ongoing partnership with families in Term 2.