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Victor’s Crown

When the children of Israel were initially rescued from Egypt, they were mere ‘children’ in terms of Spiritual growth as well. They were yet to encounter the miraculous, wonder-working hand of God, as they would wander through the wilderness for 40 years, under the leadership of Moses. This is precisely why their encounter with the first obstacle to reaching Canaan – crossing the Red Sea – did not take much of “doing” on their part. (Read Exodus 14) They did not need to set forth a shout of worship that would cause the mighty waves of the Red Sea to part, making way for the multitude of the children of Israel to cross. It took mere obedience and patience. The Lord responds to Moses: “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” (Exodus 14: 15, 16; NKJV) The children of Israel were merely asked to go forward, and everything would open up for them accordingly.

As they progress through the wilderness, they meet other obstacles – bigger ones. These other times, they are seen to be tested on their spiritual growth as well. They were not merely children any more. They had to be grown spiritually as well. When it came to bringing down the great wall of Jericho under the leadership of Joshua, it took a lot of “doing” – This was what the Lord asked them to do: “March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.  When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” (Joshua 6: 3-5; NIV)

And that is exactly what “Worship” was all about. It was the humble obedience to the voice of the Lord and it was claiming the Powerful, mighty name of the Lord. A loud shout was uplifted to the Lord because of the victory He had already given to them. The Lord’s presence was heavily present that day.

Fast forward around 2000 years later, when Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross. It was foretold through prophecy in the Old Testament that the Messiah (Jesus) would return to Earth, and He would die for the sin of all mankind. This was the foremost reason that Jesus came to Earth – to redeem us and unite us once again with the Father. For this, Jesus gave up His life as a sacrifice for the entire human race. In the Old Testament, it is necessary for a sacrifice to be made for the remittance of sin. It is equally important that the sacrifice is pure, clean, sinless and free from all blemishes. In the Old Testament, the Sacrifice was usually a young newborn lamb – pure, white and free from blemishes. When it came to the sin of all mankind, it required a sacrifice of the same magnitude to be offered – Which is why Christ was the perfect sacrifice. He – God – came in the form of a human being mingled with us, set forth an example and to redeem mankind once again. Although Christ came in human form, he was sinless and blameless. He was conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit. He would be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind forever.

God, the Father, out of His incredible Love for mankind sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for the iniquities of all mankind. In His life on earth, Satan tempted Jesus, willing for Him to slip up and sin. Satan even used Scripture to argue his case. But, the Lord Jesus Christ, ever victorious, triumphed over sin and temptation, by taking hold of the Word of God and responding wittily, with greater authority to Satan.

At 33 years of age, it was finally time for the Lamb of God to be slain. Satan felt victorious – he had convinced a group of Pharisees to plot the death of Christ with the help of an insider, a betrayer – Judas Iscariot. The deed had to be done, and Christ was willing for the will of the Father to be implemented. Jesus was full of love and forgiveness toward everyone – even His torturers. He was tortured and put on a Cross to die.

A couple of Jesus’ followers (not His 12 disciples), took down His body from the Cross, and laid Him to rest in a tomb. For the time, it seemed as if the darkness had won – Satan may have rejoiced that night.

Jesus’ disciples may have felt sorely confused and uncertain. Till then their Rabbi (Master) had constantly been with them and guided them. If they were at all confident then, they were really uncertain now.They felt like sheep without a shepherd – they did not have anyone to guide them. All appeared to be lost. Or so it seemed…

On the third day, miraculously, according to prophecy and the Will of God, Jesus rose from the dead! Even Death could not hold Him back. Our Lord is all-powerful, and victorious. There is nothing that can defeat Him or put Him down. OUR LORD IS ULTIMATE.

Even the Grave could not hold Him in. Jesus Christ is now risen from the grave, and has conquered sin and death. What’s more – He’s given US the power to overcome sin and death as well. Our Lord cannot be defeated – because He wears the Victor’s Crown. No matter what may happen, our God always triumphs!

Satan may seem strong for a moment, but our Lord is stronger. There is nothing above or beyond Him. The Word of God also claims so. (Luke 11: 21, 22) “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe;  but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.” If Satan is the strong man, Jesus is the stronger person who will shatter Satan by his foundation.

Darlene Zschech brings out this aspect of our all-powerful Lord, who wears the Victor’s Crown. The song is so powerful and was co-written by some of the renowned worship leaders of our time – Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe and Israel Houghton.

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