This Christmas break I watched Miracle again, about the incredible 1980 US Olympic hockey team. I remembered how thrilling it was at the time, when Russia, our common enemy, was finally defeated. This victory that stirs my heart, pales in comparison to the victory ahead of us.
“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore…” — Revelation 20:1-3 NLT
Do you see how easy this will be? The one who has deceived, killed and destroyed us all through the ages, will just be seized, bound and locked into a bottomless pit. Over & done.
A few days ago, I finally finished my plan for 2018, to read through the New Testament. Two thoughts continued to persist, as I slowly read through Revelation over the last couple of weeks.
- Jesus is coming back. It will happen!
- The thing I can’t wait to see, our world without evil and without the presence of an enemy, will happen in a moment.
When he is finally thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur (Revelation 20:10), we will see a new heaven and a new earth descend. And we will be with the Lord forever.
He will make all things new. All things.
Our bodies, lives, minds previously taken apart by sin, disease, addictions, fears and worries will all be made new. Relationships destroyed by tragic deaths, divorce, and every other evil force will be restored. Victory!
His word declares no more pain, no more goodbyes and no more tears.
We will see the Lord. We will not need the sun, because His presence will illuminate everything. If you haven’t read Revelation, read it! If you don’t want to read the whole book, read chapters 19-22. The news isn’t just good – it is the most incredible victory to the most epic battle.
As I rewatched Miracle, my heart soared and my eyes filled with tears. Well, maybe they were only a little watery as I listened to Herb Brooks speech (performed by Kurt Russell – how the heck did he not get an Oscar for this?). Before they skate against the Russians, on the way to a gold medal, he tells his team,
“You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. Their time is over. It’s done.”
Friends, we were made to live in victory, in the presence of our Lord. Life started in a garden, but because of the grace of our Lord our final destination is His new city, where we will live in more blessing than we will ever be able to fully exhaust or absorb, for ever and ever and ever.
Doesn’t it give you an overwhelming hope to know this will happen? Jesus is coming for us, and He will defeat our enemy.
What about right now? Well, you should know that the One who will make all these things happen lives in us.
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.”— Romans 8:11-12 NLT
We will rejoice in the great victory coming, but we can have victory right now, too!
Remember our enemy who seems so formidable, will just be seized and thrown into a bottomless pit, and then a fiery lake, to be no more. When we face trials and temptations, let’s not forget the One who will conquer our enemy, is alive in us.
And like the guys on that team were born to play hockey, you were born for victory. Every one of you. This is your time.