Just keep swimming, just keep swimming

Judges 5:31 “So may all your enemies perish, O LORD!  But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.”

Finding Nemo – a classic movie for kids of all ages.  It’s the story of a dad on a journey to find his son.  He comes across many obstacles and dangerous situations.  And at times, he wants to give up. But his friend Dory somehow keeps him motivated to go on.  There is this one moment in particular when he is discouraged and she begins to sing: “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”  She knows that sometimes you just have to keep going.  Giving up isn’t an option when the end result will be so rewarding.  Such is the case in life.  Sometimes you have to keep on swimming; you have to keep on moving. 

In Judges 5:31, we come to the end of the song of Deborah.  She has just led the people in victory and helped return them to the Lord’s ways.  She makes this statement at the end, may all your enemies perish, O Lord.  The good news is this: all of His enemies have perished.  They have all been defeated.  We are just a few days away from celebrating Good Friday and Easter.  But we cannot make them into holidays on a calendar.  They are greatly significant.

The cross and the empty grave are the very places that Jesus defeated the enemy.  They are the place where He robbed Satan’s power.  We must be mindful of that fact and live our lives as though Jesus actually won!  He had the victory 2000 years ago and He still has the victory today.  And you know what, He will have the victory tomorrow.  So what do we do with that?  Do we live defeated lives like  He’s still dead or do we live like  He is alive?  Do we live like He has the victory?

You see, we have Jesus Christ alive in us.  He sent us His Spirit to empower us to really live.  And it is our job, church, to uphold the victory of the cross and empty tomb.  We must stand firm in what Jesus has done.  So whether we feel like we can do it or not isn’t all that important.  What is important is that He did it.  And we must continue standing in His strength and His authority.  We must keep swimming, for the reward is just up ahead.