When God sent Jesus into the strife and struggle of mortality, He was not nervous like a parent on the first day of kindergarten. He was not uncertain about how Jesus would do when faced with bullies or empty bellies.
God did not take the ultimate risk in sending His Son because He sent Christ in ultimate triumph.
Never was there ever a question about the endgame; never a question about how things would shake out when the heat got hot. God never considered Satan a formidable foe. Never.
“The curse on the serpent teaches us to expect an all-out war against sin and death, but we forget that war only wears a grim face when total victory is in doubt. When God himself entered the fray and took upon himself our frail frame, it was not an act of daring; it was triumph at play.” – Diane Vincent, Associate Professor of Torrey Honors Institute (from The Advent Project)
God was not sending Christ into the mortal game as a last resort or as a “Hail, Mary” play to the endzone because Christ was always central to the salvation story, always the plan for redemption. Always.
“…we forget that war only wears a grim face when total victory is in doubt.”
Consider what it would feel like to go to battle knowing you were already victorious. The fear and anxiety of battle vanish. The uncertainty and the sleepless nights and the silent pep talks – everything you might feel in a evenly matched battled – vanishes. As we walk in the shadow of Christ’s coming, we take on his sure victory.
He stepped into our weakness so we could step into His triumph, so that we could dance upon injustice and delight in His promise keeping.
We need not wear a grim face in this fight, for it is already won.