After explaining the significance of the resurrection, Paul says this in 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
It’s a source of inspiration. But also of confusion. If Jesus has given us victory, why is there still so much pain and hardship?
Professor Oscar Cullman had a good way of explaining it.
Think of D-Day and the Normandy Landings in World War Two. Historians say it was the decisive moment which tipped the scales in favour of the allies. It was a bloody day with a massive loss of life. More than 9000 allied soldiers died in the first 24 hours alone. But after that decisive blow, victory was assured.
Yes, after D-Day people still died. War was still being waged. But the scales had been tipped. It was only a matter of time until V-Day (Victory Day), when no more bullets would fly and peace would be proclaimed.
That’s one way to think about what happened on the cross and through the empty tomb, Cullman argued. In the course of human history that was when the scales were tipped. After those events, hardship continued—and continues—but the victory is assured. The power of Satan, sin, death and darkness has been broken, and it’s only a matter of time before Victory Day—the return of Jesus as Judge and Saviour—is revealed to all.
So yes, God has in fact given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is ongoing difficulty. Battles continue to rage—in the world generally, and in your life specifically.
But when you are with the Lord, the outcome is not in doubt. It’s only a matter of time before V-Day comes in full.
Be patient. Be steadfast. And be at peace.
God always keeps his word. And his word is Victory.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.