Day 22

Jesus the Conqueror

from the John reading plan


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

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8 thoughts on "Jesus the Conqueror"

  1. Forrest says:

    There is nothing greater than our God !

  2. Ken Fuller says:

    I have lived too much of my life “in the flesh” and not “in the Spirit”. Why God has chosen to be gracious enough to keep His Spirit in my life, I may only know in Heaven. I think the Roman church had somewhat the same problem because Paul says in Romans 8, “12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” They seemed to have the promised Spirit but not living under its full control. They were not turning away from evil and clinging to good. I seek to believe with all my heart that Jesus is my conquering King and will be there to slay by His Spirit the sin that has been a stronghold in my life. I want to live out my days as an Overcomer!

  3. Phil says:

    33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    I think many times people think that when you begin to follow Jesus that your life gets easier and everything is happy. And while this is true for MANY things in our walk with Christ, I can attest to this not being a life devoid of any hardship or struggle. A life devoted to following Jesus does NOT excuse us from the hardships of this world, in fact, if we are devoted to Him and are diving into His word and going out and being a faithful servant for Him, the Devil will often try to attack even harder! Christ said it himself! “In me you may have peace. In this WORLD you WILL have trouble.” The devil doesn’t want Christ to win! But the best part is, we already know Christ won! How much easier it is, knowing that the King of the Universe goes before us, clearing a path for us to walk down.

    We WILL face hardship in this life, even when following Jesus; but hardship brings about growth. Just like the pruning of a tree, or the heat of a fire on silver; hardship will bring about fruit, and strength, and a further reliance, faith, and trusting in God.

    Whenever I begin to feel the pressure of life, I pray and ask God what it is that He wants me to see and I ask Him to just lead me through it and grow me along the way. It makes even the hardest times, not so hard! Men, with God, we are warriors, champions, and conquerors.

  4. Brandon says:

    I realize that there is quite a list of things that I allow to separate me from His love. In fact, out of my own personal economy of grace, I have often left His presence in a mislead attempt to return to Him a better performer. Yet, He never leaves me.

  5. Kevin says:

    I think of climbing a fourteener and Jesus being at the top waiting saying, I’ve waited for you, come sit and rest with me. What a cool picture of the Lord and his invitation to be with us. I’m thankful for a God who loves us despite our inequities. He’s waiting for us to stand ATOP the mountain with him.

  6. Joe Lane says:

    I love the passage about the Spirit. It is amazing that Jesus opened up himself so that we can take His spirit with us all the time. That spirit is a seal of promise to us and also it leads us into all truth. We get to be people of the truth. There are plenty people of the dark. That is why we are going to experience suffering and persecution. We do not have to fear any of that because the truth is the greatest thing in life. If we bow down during times of fire and trial, we are bowing to a lesser god. Jesus wants our joy to be complete and for us to have peace in the midst of a broken world. It is possible to have both in a sinful world.

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