Defeat. But a defeat that stands as the rock on which all our victories are anchored: victory over sin… victory over sickness… victory over sorrow... victory over emptiness.
Because those whips and lashes were for our healing… that crown of thorns and that robe of disgrace were for our acceptance… that cross was for our forgiveness… and that death was for our life.
Therefore, in every life battle we are facing right now, we are actually not fighting for victory. We are fighting from victory—Jesus’ victory.
That past that haunts your confidence? He says, Tetelestai. That sin that bogs your conscience? He says, Tetelestai. That sickness that debilitated your body? He says, Tetelestai. That conflict that destroys your family? He says, Tetelestai.
IT IS FINISHED.
That is what God told me during my family’s fight against land-grabbing syndicates. That is what God told me when our gas tank became empty and we had no money to buy a new one. That is what God told me when a man threw a grenade at our house in Bulacan. In every life battle, I hear God say, “It is finished.”
This is the very reason why, from the beginning up to the present, I have never wavered from shouting, never ceased from believing, “Jesus IS Lord!” And this will be my constant cry, until the very last ebb of my life.
May this, too, be your cry.
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