“All people everywhere have seen the victory of our God.” – Psalm 98:3
Our God – a sovereign lion with the gentleness and peace of a lamb – led to the altar to be killed.
A sacrifice meant for death.
Yet a sacrifice meant for love – for reconciliation.
“Eloi, eloi, lema sabachthani.”
“Some of the people there heard him and said, ‘Listen, he is calling for Elijah!’ One of them ran up with a sponge, soaked it in cheap wine, and put it on the end of a stick. Then he held it up to Jesus’ lips and said, ‘Wait! Let us see if Elijah is coming to bring him down from the cross!’
“With a loud cry Jesus died.”
This is the victory of our God, and all people have seen it.
All people everywhere surrounding the altar with the slaughtered lamb laying on it – dead.
Singing, crying, weeping, “You are good.”
“The curtain hanging in the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The army officer who was standing there in front of the cross saw how Jesus had died. ‘This man was really the Son of God!’ he said.”
This is the victory of our God, and all people everywhere have seen it.
“‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘I know you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here – he has been raised!'”
Our God, Jesus Christ – the sovereign lion with the gentleness and peace of a lamb – slaughtered, placed in a tomb, raised to life, victorious over death and the sin that separates his people from him.
A sacrifice of atonement meant for reconciliation.
A sacrifice of atonement meant for victory and life!
“All people everywhere have seen the victory of our God.”
Even you have seen the victory of our God. What will be your response?