January 20 (John 16:33, Romans 8:37)
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. (ESV)
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (ESV)
Nike. We know it as a sporting goods company with 2018 sales totaling over $35 billion according to Forbes. At least it is staying true to the Greek verb nikao at the root of its name, a verb that means to conquer, prevail, vanquish, and overpower. And that is the same verb used in each of these two verses.
First, when Jesus tells us, “nenikeka ton kosmon” in John 16:33, it is the perfect tense of the verb nikao. He is telling us it is a done deal. It is finished. It is an accomplished fact. He has conquered, prevailed, vanquished over, and overpowered the world. And it should be noted the word for “world” here is the word from which we get “cosmos.” He has prevailed over the order and arrangement of all things. Then, when Paul describes our new role and identity as Christians, he says that we “hypernikomen,” we more than conquer, prevail, vanquish, and overpower, and just as Jesus did, it is with regard to all things. This makes sense, given that we are able to do this because of Jesus, or “him who loved us.”
Do you see the connection here? Jesus achieved total victory over everything. There is nothing of which He is not the rightful Lord, and He has extended to us that same victory. We march in His victory parade, not as the conquered, but as fellow conquerors. Now ask yourself this. If you do not feel victorious, is it because you think Jesus has not really done what He said He did? Is it because you think you do not belong to Him? Or is it perhaps that you have listened more to the lies of the world and our enemy than the truthful proclamation of Jesus Himself?
Jesus, I renounce right here and now, and again tomorrow if I have to, the false belief that I am anything less than what You have made me to be. Please blind me and deafen me to the lies of the enemy that would keep me enslaved. Help me to walk in newness of life and freedom so that, with You, I may indeed prevail over all things. Amen.