Summary: This sermon is one of a reminder and one of confirmation to let us know that Satan our foe is defeated because of the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus the Christ early one Sunday morning.
We as Christians should be working towards the mark. We are working towards being perfected in our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Our primary goal is that we should live so that God will be pleased with our lives. We must remind ourselves from time to time that we have the victory and Satan our foe is already defeated and with that note that brings me to my first of two points.
In the John 19:30 Jesus cried out. He cried out the words, It Is Finished. In our lives there are two types of cries.
One: A Cry of Despair
Two: A Cry of Victory: which is the focus of my first point.
Point Number 1: The Victory Is Yours
In the Greek, tetelestai (tee–tee–less–tee-ah) is the word that represents a victorious cry.
Jesus was shouting a cry of victory. Not a cry of despair, but His cry was a victorious cry.
He was victorious because he had defeated the foe. The foe was Satan. He had defeated the foe on his own ground and with his own symbol.
Jesus the Christ came into the enemy’s camp and took back what was stolen. He came on Satan’s own turf. Satan’s turf is this earth. Jesus is a bad mamma jamma.
He came down from heaven, leaving His throne just to redeem man. He left His place in glory to be just like us. He ate, slept, and suffered just like us to prove to Satan that He was all of that and a bag of chips.
The cross was a symbol that belonged to the foe. The cross was a symbol of sin and defeat. The cross represented three things: sin, suffering, and eventually death.
The cross that Satan used for sin, suffering, and death is now a symbol of hope, love, and life. Like the song writer says, I Will Cling to the Old Rugged Cross, I’ll Exchange It Someday For A Crown.
And there’s the favorite song of the church At the Cross At the Cross Where I First Saw the Light And the Burdens of My Heart Rolled Away.
Hang me on your cross; I’m not going to be defeated because I’m going to defeat the symbol of sin and defeat. Drive your nails in my hands because I AM THE VICTORIOUS ONE HANGING HERE ON THIS OLD RUGGED CROSS.
Little did the soldiers and Satan realize that the nails driven into the hands and feet of Jesus the Christ had a special representation of the Trinity.
The nail that was driven in His left hand represented the Father, the nail driven into His right hand represented Christ Himself, and the nail driven into His feet represented the Holy Ghost which was to soon come.
We have the victory in Jesus Christ. There’s Victory in Jesus.
Point Number 2: Soon and Very Soon Everything Will Be Perfect
Jesus knew that His death on the cross was the key of everything being made perfect. God assures us that He is going to perfect all things. He gives us three assurances.
One: God Himself assures us. God Himself spoke from the throne of heaven and declared emphatically that He was going to make all things new.
Revelation 21:5 says, And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.
Two: God’s Word assures it. God gave a double declaration. He declared that His Words are true and faithful. By true He means true as opposed to false. He is not lying. He is God; therefore, what He says will happen. By faithful He means He will do exactly what He says. We can all count on it.
God instructed John to write down all that He said. God wanted us to know about His promise of a new heaven and earth, of a perfected body and life, and He wanted us to be assured of His promise.
Three: God’s sovereignty assures it. By the power and the sovereignty of God, God declares, "I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end." Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and means the beginning, and Omega is and means the end. God is declaring that He is the beginning and the ending, the Creator of all things.
All things have their beginning in Him. And He is the end of all things, the consummation and goal and the end and objective of all things. All things find their meaning and being in Him. And He spans all things just as the beginning and end span all things. Therefore, He can do as He wills.
The point is this:
God has willed a new heavens and earth. Therefore, He has already spoken it into being. He has already declared, It is done. The clock is set and the event fixed. The minutes of time are ticking away, and the hour will come when the set time arrives.