Light has very much to do with victory.
John's gospel begins with verses wherein Jesus is there referred to as the Word, the Light, and the only begotten of the Father.
In John 8: 12, Jesus proclaims, "I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." To follow Jesus brings victory—the victory of walking in light. It is a victory over darkness.
In John 12: 35, 36, and 46, we see more about this, as Jesus tries to prepare the disciples for his coming crucifixion: "Then Jesus said unto them, 'Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you. For he that walks in darkness doesn't know where he goes. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. . . I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believes on me should not abide in darkness." While we have light, while it is on our hearts, we must respond.
Responding to Jesus as Light, believing in him, brings victory. Walking in Light brings a full and complete victory.
Full and Complete Victory
A thorough answer to that question would require pages and pages. Such a victory includes mastering our emotions and desires so that we do not sin or violate God's code of righteousness; learning to deal with past and present things done to us by others or by nature (for example, house flooded, etc.); never giving in to the devil's temptations to sin, fear, or doubt; and knowing that we are secure in Christ and bound for heaven.
We also have victory over sin and death. First Cor. 15: 57, talking about sin and death, proclaims, "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." In 1 John 5: 4-5, we read that we have victory over the world if we're born of God (i.e., "born again.") Faith in Jesus is "the victory that overcomes the world." That victory rests on the fact that Jesus overcame the world, as he says in John 16: 33: "Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world." Our victory over the devil is certain, as we see in Rom. 16: 20. Again, that's because Jesus defeated the devil at Calvary (Col. 2: 14, 15).
And that brings us back to the secret to our transformation from victim to victor. We saw that believing in Jesus brings us into the true light and to a full and complete victory.
Victima vicit (Latin, “the victim has conquered”)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, willingly came to earth as a human baby, grew to manhood, taught and worked miracles for three years, and then allowed himself to be nailed to a cross in a public execution, while the criminal Barabbas was set free. Jesus was the victim, the perfect Lamb of God, of whom John the Baptist had declared three years before, "Behold, the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world" (John 1: 29). The name "Barabbas" means "son [child] of father" – hence, every human, because we all have a biological father. Thus, the Son of the Father (God) became a sacrificial victim in place of us all—setting us free.
Because Jesus rose in triumph over the grave, we can rise with him. Indeed, we who believe in him are already "raised up together with him and seated in the heavenly places" (Eph. 2: 5-6). Spiritually, believers have already entered eternal life. This is possible because of the transfer which takes place when we are born again (see John 3: 5-7). There is a complete transfer of our sin to Jesus, and Jesus's righteousness to us, making us new. Paul writes about this marvelous exchange in 2 Cor. 5: 17, 21: "Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. . . For he (God) has made him (Jesus), who knew no sin, to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
Okay, but all that eternal stuff aside, don't many people overcome what was done to them and go on to be happy, productive people? Yes, of course. But how long does that victory last? At most, only to the grave. It is victory through self-effort. It may influence individuals in another generation or two, but in the light of eternity, it falls short of being a total and lasting victory. And it's only partial. Do we want a full and complete victory—over our weakness and past traumas and over the world's attacks?
Do we want the victory we read about earlier—victory over even death? It's a victory through light, a victory through faith, a victory that lasts forever because it is based on the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.
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