Christus Victor


 

He disarmed the rulers and authoritues and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. 

collosians 2:15

There’s only ever been one victory. There has only ever been one contest that you could look back on centuries later and agree it was won, permanently and definitively by one side. Just look through history and see the contenders. Every great empire has been defeated by a next. Assyrians were beaten by the Babylonians, who were beaten by the Persians, who got wiped out by the Greeks, en so fort.

Even today, IBM was dominant for a generation until Microsoft came along, and now they seem to loose the battle from Apple…

True victory, conquering rivals completely and permanently, is unheard of.

With one exception. In 30ad a three day campaign was waged by god against all of his most powerful enemies. The main confrontation took place on a rubbish dump outside Jerusalem, where God in his Son Jesus, met Satan, sin and death head on. A mocking enemy was met by a defiant Son of God, and within six hours the battle was over, the victory triumphantly announced with the words” it is finished” …

On the third day the the victory parade began, as the risen Champion came out of the tomb to the amazement of earth and the applause of heaven.

God obliterated his enemies in Jesus, took away their armor, and made a public spectacle of them by parading their dead corpses through the streets…

 

Christus victor!!!

Remember the opening scene of Gladiator? Roma victor!!

The cross was just such a moment. Christ has conquered.

 

1. Recognize victory 

If Christ is victorious then He is victorious. 

D-day example: victory is here, but not yet complete. We recognize it, but we also see and recognize that we  live in a broken world. Good example but, I think it underplays the picture of Christus Victor. The biblical view on evangelism, let alone sanctification, is not based on completing a victory but on recognizing one. 

Not only are my sins forgiven (individual forgiveness : law court view of the cross, which is biblically true,and needs to be at the very core of our hearts and understanding of Christ’ victory. 

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was cursed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed…
Isaiah 53

We need to get our heads and hearts around this, that Christ took the punishment we deserved and brought u peace with God.

But we also need to see it and describe in terms of a battlefield. Calvary, the cross, was an act of conquest. Jesus conquered sin and death, completely, and utterly. 

O death where is you sting, oh hell where is your victory??.

Such an understanding not only keeps us in line with the Bible, but also helps us to make sense of what Jesus is doing now…

For he must reign until he has put all enemies under his feet…
1cor 15:25

When we recognize victory, and praise the one who is victorious, we can live holy lives, we can live lives that are pleasing to God. We don’t have to re win the battle or complete the victory. And by the grace of god he gives his Holy Spirit to affirm this, to work out our salvation

 

2 Christ took the Cross, so that we can take up ours, daily

Jesus took the cross. the wrath of god, the consequences of our rebellious hearts, eternal verwijdering of God, we’re all inbedded in the cross of Christ. The punishment that bought us peace….

It’s peace withGod, not peace with the world. Even stronger so the world will hate us, we are at war with the world…we suffer daily for Christ sake…

By realizing that we stand blameless before God, God sents us into the world and asks of us to take up our cross daily. Meaning, death to the old me, death to my flesh, who wasn’t able to rescue itself, who keeps running away from god, who seeks his own comfort happiness and preside, away with that…

Our attitude should be the same as That of Christ Jesus,

Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality to God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a Man he humbled himself, and became obedient to death even death on a cross! Therefor God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus evey knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus is lord, to the glory of God the Father…

 

3 Announce Jesus victory

Therefor friends, work out your salvation with trembeling and fear, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose…

Working out our salvation means all the above, recognizing the victory of Christ, and by doing so we pick up our daily crosses, why?? To announce to the world Christ is victorious!!!! 

As such the good news of Christus victor means that our going out into the world, oh simply said living our daily lives is less like defeating some leftover enemies resistance, but more like proclaiming the end of the war to those still in war…(those who don’t have peace with God…)

You may have heard about lt Hiroo Onoda, who refused to believe that WWII was over and remained hiding from 1945 to 1974 when he finally was reached by a young college dropout Norio Suzuki. He had lived under a false view of the world, pledging alliance to a long defeated power, for 29 years. Suzuki proclaimed to him the good news that the war was over and Onoda finally brought his life and his behavior inline with this truth.

That proclamation of the truth, that the war is over, the enemy has been defeated, and that all men can live in the good of the victory of Christ, is what evangelism is all about.

So if you feel the responsibility of establishing Christus Vitoria over darkness in the lives of you friends,or if you are struggling with wether or not you will ever be able to overcome the ongoing power of sin in your own life, you need to lift up your head and reflect a while on Christus Victor, the only true winner in the whole of history.

In words from  revelations 5:5;

Weep no more; behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered