Jason’s sermon yesterday led me to consider a hymn we sing from time to time, “Victory In Jesus.” We sing lightly on the first two verses but bust it out singing the third. Yet, the hymn holds some important theology for us to consider. If Jesus won for us the victory, what did he win the victory over? We sing about the “mansion He has built for us in glory” as though that is what the victory did for us – solely give us a home in a place called heaven.
Yet, the theology of the Apostle Paul clearly points out that Jesus won the victory over sin and death – see 1 Corinthians 15. We should be banging out the first two verses for they remind us that the victory Christ won for us is not reserved for some future event but for today. The realization of the reality of this victory leads us to consider our need for radical renovation of the heart and an awareness that we go from life to life, not life to death to life. We experience life after life not life after death. What a victory we have in Jesus!