Jesus Christ’s Victory

As he was talking with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine from Gath named Goliath, was coming up from the army of the Philistines, and he spoke these same words; and David heard them. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
— 1 Samuel 17:23, 51

On Sunday the United States Women National Team defeated the Netherlands to win back to back tiles in the World Cup in soccer. They did what champions do, WIN!

If ever anyone needed a champion, the Israelites did. As their army camped in the Valley of Elah, they were held at bay and embarrassed daily by the taunting’s of the Philistine giant Goliath.

David, the young shepherd boy, son of Jesse, had brought provisions for his brothers in the army. When he heard Goliath mocking the Israelites, he was furious and asked for permission to go out and fight him. David was confident that the God who had delivered him from the lion and the bear would give him victory over the giant, and He did.

David’s victory reminds us of Jesus Christ’s victory. We were hopelessly enslaved by sin and needed a champion. Then God sent His Son Jesus to deliver us. He came to earth as a man, faced all our human trials (Heb. 2:14-15), and went to battle on our behalf. In His death and resurrection, Jesus won complete victory over sin and death (1 Cor. 15:54-57). Not only that, but His triumph guarantees us victory in our daily walk with God.

But we can’t expect success in our own strength. We must rely on the Holy Spirit’s power and guidance. Then, as we walk with God in faith, we can more fully appreciate the victory our Champion has brought us. We are on a Championship team and we need to live like Champions! God Bless!!