Australians love a winner. We love it when our sporting team wins, our favourite movies often have the ‘good guy’ victorious, and we often pay much attention to those with financial success stories. But Jesus’ way of winning was completely different to the winning ways of the world. We should not be surprised by this, as much of Jesus’ teaching was of an upside-down Kingdom of God, where the values of this world are turned on their head.
For Jesus, victory did not mean vanquishing people opposed to Him, instead it meant being vanquished by people opposing him. It was precisely his humility in defeat that conquered the powers of sin and death. As we rejoice in the victory of the cross this Easter, let us not forget the winning way of Jesus: laying down our lives for others.