Victory didn’t come when
Jesus conquered death
by rising from the dead.

Victory didn’t come
when the Lamb of God died
and the veil was torn
opening the way to the throne of God.

Victory didn’t come
when He did not call angels
to take Him from the cross.

Victory did not come
when stripes were laid on His back.

Victory did not come
when Barabbas was released
and Jesus was condemned.

Victory did not come
when He endured accusations…silently.

Victory did not come
when He willingly went with the torch-bearing crowd.

Victory did not come
when He allowed Judas
to betray Him with a kiss.

No.

Victory came
when Jesus said,
“not My will, but Your will be done.”

for in this statement,
in this heart,
Victory was assured
and everything else was guaranteed.

No, Victory did not come on resurrection morning.

instead,
Victory over sin and death came
when Jesus set aside His own will
to do that of the Father.

Victory comes
when we do the same.

Victory comes,
not with celebration,
but with broken humility.

“for You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise i would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” –psalm 51:16-17

“‘for My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,’ declares the Lord. ‘but to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.'” –isaiah 66:2

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