Beaten but not Defeated

In sports you are not supposed to give in. You don’t stop before the whistle goes. In soccer the expression ‘the ball is round’ will be used either explaining the loss or giving the impression that anything can happen. Anything. You can not give in! The game can be turned around in seconds.

In a regular fist fight – which I by the way try to avoid if possible – the idea is not to escape. The idea is to fight down the enemy. It wouldn’t be a fight otherwise. You don’t quit.

I sometimes fight with myself, with my own thoughts, with my own emotions and reactions. I will have to face it, I will have to accept the situation, but I cannot escape. I have to win. In the battle between good and evil good is going to win. Evil will not win.

The whole Christian message is about this. There was a moment in the human history and the spiritual history where everything was at stake. Jesus himself was seen as beaten and punished. God did not come to his rescue. Why? Did good lose? Did God lose?

It is not completely in line with my human logic but: After giving in. After giving up. After giving everything. –  He rose from the dead and as the Bible describes;
‘“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.”’

One of God’s names is Jehova Nissi in Hebrew. “The Lord our banner.”

He always wins. Always. I want to be on the winning team.

Bible ref; 1 Cor 15,25-27
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