John

Day 22: Jesus the Conqueror

John 16:1-33, Isaiah 32:14-18, Romans 8:12-17

Did you ever play King of the Mountain as a kid? The whole point is to stand in one spot, on “the mountain,” while opponents try to take it. They push, tackle, and bombard you, but if you stand your ground, you stay King of the Mountain—or usually a sewer manhole, a patch of dirt, or a couch. No alliances are allowed. No sharing of the hill. Only one king and only one mountain. Whoever is strong enough to endure reigns as king. It’s a cruel and crushing monarchy.

Do you see how different the King of Mount Zion is? Jesus is the King of kings, and He doesn’t discourage anyone from standing with Him. He invites us. Christ welcomes poor sinners into His kingdom and into His majesty to share His reward.

Jesus came down from Heaven—chucking the King of the Mountain playbook—and died on a Roman torture device for sins He didn’t commit. But He didn’t lose His spot on the mountain. He rose from the dead and has been given a name above every name and a throne over the universe.

Jesus overcame. The devil couldn’t stop him. Even death’s grip wasn’t strong enough to keep Jesus from being the resurrected King of kings. Jesus outperformed and outlasted the greatest threats in the world, with sin and death being the loudest of them all. And He did this for you.

In Christ, you are with Him on the Mountain. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35, 37–39).

If your faith is in Christ, you have overcome the world because He overcame the world. Nothing shall separate you from Him—from His love or His power.

Written By J.A. Medders