Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
In 1974, Gordon Lightfoot sang ‘Sundown’. The song contains the lyrics:
Sometimes I think it’s a sin
When I feel like I’m winnin’ when I’m losin’ again
Read more: Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Have you ever felt as if you were winning only to learn later that the win was actually a loss? Often in this life, feelings are not to be trusted. We may feel like we are winning when we are losing big time.
Consider Jesus crucifixion. The Jewish leaders felt they were winning a fight to stop Jesus from being declared Messiah. The Roman government felt they would prevent Him being King. Satan surely must have felt he was stopping the Jesus movement! Satan must have felt good about the crown of thorns, the nails, the bruised flesh, the taunts, the cross…and the blood…
and yet the Bible teaches us:
“You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know:
Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. Acts 2:22-23
None of those crucifying our Lord knew that their actions fulfilled God’s plan.
None of them knew these wonderful truths that going forward:
Time would be counted from Jesus birth. That this Jesus was the Messiah and would become the Cornerstone. Jesus would be crowned King of kings and the crown of thorns would become a symbol that mankind will recognize and honor or that this in itself would become a witness! The bruised flesh would fulfill prophecy. All of these things were turned to victories for mankind – and the BLOOD – the precious blood would wash away sin and bring many sons to glory!
The losers at the crucifixion of Jesus were Satan and the forces of evil. The winners are whosover will live and believe in Jesus.