September 22, 2016
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
It had been a great season for our football team, but a difficult game was looming on the horizon. The next opponent was our toughest competition in the entire league. This team had not lost a single game since the last time we had played them in the previous season, and many commentators believed they had only gotten better since then. Adding to the pressure, we had to play at their stadium this year instead of ours, and the home field advantage could very well make the difference with such evenly matched competitors.
As the big day approached, expectations grew. We were all anticipating a great ball game, hoping against hope for a win. Friends gathered at our house to watch the event and you could feel the excitement in the air. Our team took an early, modest lead by halftime, and then opened it up to a big lead in the second half. We ended up winning by even more than the year before! It was a huge relief, and there were many shouts of victory that night!
The following Sunday, at church we sang the song “When We All Get to Heaven,” with lyrics that say, “When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be; when we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!” I could not help but think of the recent match up and the rejoicing that took place over a football game. I thought to myself, If we were that excited about a sports victory, how thrilling will it be when we are standing in Heaven with victory over death, Hell, and the grave! It will be beyond exciting—we will have the biggest celebration in history!
We all will face trials and challenges in life, some bigger than others, but we are promised victory if we keep our hand in the Lord’s. Whatever the cost, it will be worth it all to see Jesus someday. Picture yourself in Heaven, with complete relief and joy in knowing that the battle is over and the victory has been won. That will be us someday, shouting victory for eternity!