Good Friday and the Victory of Jesus

In the moments leading up to Good Friday in Jesus’ day, Jesus utters a very profound reality.

A reality that anyone outside the Amillennial system would have a very difficult time explaining. Jesus Christ, Himself tells us a victory that He has already accomplished.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, ESV)

The Greek for, “overcome” in this verse is νικάω. This is of course the verb form of the noun that we are all familiar with, nikē. Nike. The well known sports brand. Or more specifically to our context, the Greek word for, “victory”.

The word in the verb form is probably more accurately, “conquer”. Jesus is saying take heart, even in the midst of tribulation that you will have in the world. And why should you take heart? Because Jesus has conquered the world.

This is a perfect tense verb. Jesus has completed His conquering and the word stands conquered.

The objection that a non-Amillennarian would say, is look around the world, does it look conquered to you? And the answer can only come from the Biblical text in which we can say, “yes”. Simply because Christ told us He conquered it.

The big issue is in what way did He conquer the world. Well in the way that Amillennialists understand it. That Christ is seated on His throne, ruling and reigning. And that the last enemy that Jesus needs to deal with is death.

The idea that there can still be sin and rebellion in the world isn’t an objection to the words of Jesus in John 16:33. That type of redemption takes place in the New Heavens and the New Earth.

The spiritual reign of Jesus Christ now is a reality. And that reign commences with Christ’s first-coming-victory. Good Friday is good because Christ dealt once-and-for-all with our sins. But it’s also Good because it was the necessary victory for Jesus Christ to conquer the world and to reign on His throne, even as we speak.

Praise be to Christ for His successful conquests and reigning sovereignty.

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