Spoiler alert: Jesus wins. We understand that Easter is still more than a week away. We understand that we still have to go through Good Friday and the crucifixion. However, this Sunday we are completing a sermon series, "Why Jesus Died." One reason Jesus died is that when he died, he defeated death. Jesus wins.

There is a battle going on. It may seem that the battle is between progressive and conservative, or between rich and poor, or between boomers and millennials, but the real battle, as the Bible tells us, is not with flesh and blood but with the powers and the principalities. We are engaged in spiritual warfare.

Jesus wins that battle. Jesus wins the final battle over evil, over wrong, over death, over all the forces opposed to God. It's a victory once and for all, fought on the cross two thousand years ago but effective for all time.

Jesus wins and we win too. If we are united with him in a death like his, we will be united with him in a resurrection like his. The old self is crucified. We die to self, and rise to a new life in Jesus Christ. Jesus' victory is our victory. The victory is for the future, the promise of life eternal. The victory is also for the present, victory over the power of sin, victory in whatever struggle we might have at the moment.

Sometimes when you are in the middle of a story, you need to know the end of the story. The end of the story is that we win because Jesus wins. He is the victor.

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