Jesus, the undisputed champion – Part 3
Jesus is our undisputed champion. He set the example for us of how to be a champion. He prevailed over Satan. On the strength of His victory, He became the Champion, and then by extension, we His children also became champions.
“For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews
Who is a champion? A champion is one who has prevailed over his opponent. He is one who has conquered. A champion is one who has gained dominance and supremacy over his opponent. Goliath was the acclaimed champion of the Philistines (1 Sam.17: 4, 23). He openly boasted and threw a challenge for anyone in Israel, who was strong enough to fight against him to step out, thinking that no one was courageous enough to take on the challenge (1 Sam.17:8-10). David picked up the gauntlet, jumped into the fray and defeated Goliath. He then became the champion in Israel. Through David’s victory, Israel gained supremacy over the Philistines. “So, David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore, David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.”
Jesus is the champion of our faith, whom we look up to and must emulate in all things. The NLT rendering of Hebrews 12:2 reads thus, “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” The place of honour is the place of authority and power. Jesus now reigns with his father in Heaven.
Christ’s title as Champion was not only deserving, but was also earned. When a search was made in heaven and on the earth for someone worthy to open the scroll and to open the seals, no one was found but him alone. “Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So, I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals” (Revelation
The conquest of a champion brings much benefits and legacy to the subjects. David’s victory over Goliath brought much honour and respect to Israel. The Philistines began to dread Israel and their God. As a result of Christ’s victory, we His children now enjoy victory over sin (Romans 6:14), victory over the power of the flesh, victory over the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8), victory over the world, over trials, temptation and sufferings (John 16:33), victory over the power of the enemy (Lk.10: 19), victory over Satan and his subtleties, victory through Christ by whose grace we now stand (Romans 5:2). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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