Scripture:   Colossians (NIV) 2:13   When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave us all our sins, 

14   having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken 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. 

Observation:   Here it is!  The triumph was on the cross.  There is where the battle was fought!  And there is where the victory was won!   In the eyes of man, when Jesus was taken off the cross he was defeated.  But in the light of eternity He was the VICTOR!  Of course we did not realize how great the victory was until the resurrection, even yet we do not grasp the fullness of that victory.  But we enjoy it and we celebrate it.  When we partake of communion, we are "showing the Lord’s death until He comes." (1Corinthians 11:26)  In the Bible we have no direct command to celebrate the resurrection, but we do have the command to celebrate His death by taking communion. 

Application:  I have had victories that first looked like defeats.  I should now know enough to wait before complaining about something that looks like a defeat.  The greater the struggle, the greater the victory and my victory is assured because the VICTOR lives inside!  

Prayer:   Lord, thank you for your victory on the cross.  Thank you for paying the price for my sins.  I enjoy the results of that victory now and will for all eternity!  Amen 

Pastor Leon
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