Because we were all created in the image of God, we all bear the fingerprint of God. Meaning that even in a fallen state there remains a remnant of the Creator within us; certain qualities that have been embedded within human nature that point to our origin.
One such quality is how our heart resonates when we witness victory in the face of overwhelming odds, or how our heart soars when we hear words of triumph and victory that call us deeper and farther than we’ve ever gone before.
Even the opening to one of my all-time favorite TV shows still stirs me up when I hear it today.
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Those words stir up something within me that makes me want to shout, “I want to go too”!
God is a winner, a conqueror, a King! He is triumphant, and He has built into us a desire to be triumphant too.
The word triumphant is such a great word. It is used several times in the scriptures describing Jesus’ triumph over sin, death, hell, and the Devil. They also teach us that followers of Christ share in that triumph through faith in Christ and His shed blood.
Col 2:13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
2Co 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
The Greek word that has been translated into our English word triumph is a combination of two Greek words. One meaning to cry out and the other meaning to attach. The picture it gives us is a procession of people crying out in celebration of a victory recently won.
Generals in the ancient world would return from battle to lead a procession through the streets followed by their soldiers and captured enemies as a sign to the people that they had been utterly and decisively victorious.
The scriptures above tell us that Christ leads us in that victorious procession. We share in, and celebrate, the victory He has won over sin, death, hell, and the Devil.
We can walk confidently with faith and courage in this world knowing that we have the victory already through Christ no matter what circumstances tell us. People should be able to look in our eyes and see triumph. They should be able to listen to our voices and hear victory.
But, I admit it can be hard. Things happen and we don’t feel very triumphant or victorious.
Sometimes the world will punch us in the nose making it difficult to go on. When I was younger I had a few instances where I was literally punched in the nose. Being punched in the nose really hurts. Your eyes begin to water – can’t see anything – but you don’t quit. No matter how much it hurts, or how much your vision is obstructed, through the blood and the snot, you go on.
The same is true in our spiritual walk. When we can’t see our way forward because the world has punched us in the nose, we know that Christ is leading us in triumphant procession and we will be victorious. So we take the pain, listen for His voice, knowing the victory is sure.
As much as I like the Star Trek opening, there is another set of words a thousand times more stirring than the voice of James Tiberius Kirk, it’s the voice of the Root and Offspring of David and the bright Morning Star, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Re 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” 17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
Hey, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ – you have already won – celebrate! He is triumphant then, now, and forevermore, and in Jesus so are you.