Devotional

“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” Romans 6:6

The world is looking for victory over all the doom and gloom that permeates the news. Some people believe the world is falling apart, and the solutions seem out of our grasp. You don’t have the solutions to the world’s problems. Neither do I. Nor does anyone else. Your thoughts and ideas matter, but so do the ideas and thoughts of some 7 billion other people. 

There is good news, however. No matter what situation you may find yourself in right now, Jesus won the victory for you. Christmas time and Easter are the times that we pause to realize the immensity of Christ’s triumph. It is unprecedented, complete, and eternal.

Jesus gives us the victory in any area of our lives. So we do not need to struggle or strive or fight in our strength – that only goes so far and lasts only so long – but we have this supernatural, accessible-at-all-times power within us that has and will enable us to overcome all things. And what power it is. The uniqueness of Christianity is that God has supplied everything we need for life and godliness. I do not have to have more willpower, or study more or work harder to achieve victory. it’s right there, right within you and within me, ready to be accessed and put into action. It’s real. It’s accessible. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Very few people would be prepared to live the life that the Apostle Paul lived. He endured trials, persecutions, and hardships (2 Corinthians 11:23-27). It seems he faced every kind of opposition anyone could ever face; and yet he learned to live in Christ’s victory in whatever state he was (Philippians 4:11-13). Paul learned how to turn every situation (whether impossible or otherwise) into contentment.

In Romans 8, Paul again reveals the complete victory which is ours through Jesus Christ. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (vs, 37)  We are more than conquerors through Jesus Who loves us. This is the kind of victory that God has for those who love Him and who believe the promises of His Word. 

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, it is well to remember that Christmas is the celebration of the arrival of the Savior who would give us victory over our greatest enemy. And because Jesus came, we can be changed, and we can know that He’s restoring all things. That’s the meaning of Christmas.  

Discussion Questions:

  1. Imagine yourself involved in a conversation with a neighbor or colleague at work about Christmas when this person says, “what is this victory I keep hearing about?” What would be your response?