The Cross Calls Out the Victory

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The Cross Calls Out the Victory


This text holds up the cross and the tomb, both of which bore the sacrificial body of Christ, as symbols of Christ’s victory over sin and death, a victory he won for us, a victory that ushers in a new epoch of joy—a feast, in fact, that commences now and never ends.

Stanza 1 takes its ideas from Paul’s words in Romans 5:1-11: Because of Christ’s sacrifice we now “have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It’s important to note that our Lord offered himself not for a good or deserving people, but for sinners—for his enemies, in fact. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. . . . For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” This peace with God is significant enough to warrant mention in each stanza.

Stanza 2 reminds us that the truth of Easter, that Jesus Christ is alive, is the only antidote to the doubt, despair, and death that threaten to overwhelm us. Nothing and no one can steal from us the gifts won at the cross and the tomb: forgiveness of sins, peace with God, and eternal life. Though we be oppressed by “deepest, darkest night”—a world that trumpets its culture of death, the demons that goad us individually into doubt, depression, and despair—this darkness cannot rob us of our hope and joy, cannot steal the Easter gifts of forgiveness, peace, and eternal life. “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15).

Stanza 3 expresses our response: We live for Christ, the one who died for us. The truth of Easter has power:

  • It refreshes and grows our faith. (2 Corinthians 4: “We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus . . . Therefore we do not lose heart.”
  • It puts restless hearts at rest. (Augustine: “Our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.”)
  • It gives us peace beyond all knowing. (Philippians 4:7: “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding”)

Thus, the whole Christian church on earth confesses again and again the fundamental Easter truth: that Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection from the tomb prove that the victory is his—and also ours, thanks be to God. Commence the Easter feast!

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