The devil sauntered in front of the rock-hewn tomb and snarled, “I got Him, and now I’m going to get all of you!” My daughter Katie looked at me in horror.
This scene took place 24 years ago as we attended a Passion Play in Charlotte. Katie was 5 years old at the time.
“Wait. It’s not over yet,” I reassured her.
Suddenly, a low rumbling started behind the rock. The music mounted, and then, wham! Light burst forth from the rock as it split in two. Jesus confidently stepped out of the tomb.
“I can’t believe it! I can’t believe it!,” the devil shouted.
Katie’s expression changed from panic to elation.
She couldn’t contain her excitement.
She leapt up from her seat and shouted at the top of her lungs, “Believe it!”
The stage opened up, and the devil fell into pit of red smoke.
Triumphant music swelled into the arena, and Katie, overcome with joy, jumped into the aisle and began dancing! She freely celebrated her Savior’s triumph on her behalf.
That memory usually comes to mind each Easter season. I smile because Katie’s response reminds us of an essential truth:
He won that fateful day He gave His life on Calvary. He won when the tomb broke open and He rose from the dead. He triumphed over the grave.
“In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross” (Colossians 2:15, NLT).
And Jesus still wins today. He is greater than the enemy. His power is surpassingly greater than any other power (Ephesians 1:19).He is greater than anything that comes up against us.
And we win because we are in Him and He is in us. “We overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NASB). “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4, NASB).
No matter what we face in this world, we can know it’s not over yet. We have a Victor and Defender, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
“Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4, NASB).
And that’s something worth dancing about!
Question: How have you experienced the victorious power of Jesus in your life? Comment at the link below.
Susan Jane King