An epic one on one battle where the protagonist faces off with his enemies in a last climactic fight for victory. And as we watch we get emotionally sucked in to the drama and pathos. We feel that the battle is our own.
It makes for good drama. But it makes for even better reality.
When Jesus faced off with the devil in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13), he wasn’t just providing us with great theater. He was fighting for our souls. In a very real way our destiny is tied to Jesus’ victory. If Jesus had failed, we would still be in our sins, destined for hell, and hopeless in the world.
And his battle wasn’t just the climax of the story. Jesus’ ministry began with a battle and ends with a battle (the cross). And he fought daily battles against Satan’s assaults every day of his (earthly) life.
And he fought them for us!
Sure, there is much to learn from Jesus on how we can fight temptation our selves (Christos Exemplar). But we must first stand and cheer our champion who fought the battle for us and emerged victorious (Christos Victor!).
And our conquering King is in our corner every day of our lives, strengthen us, helping us, and assuring us of the ultimate victory, which has already been won for us!.
So when you become “battle weary”, Look to your champion! Your destiny is assured because of His victory!
The well wisher of your soul’s happiness,