We Have Won

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

[Isa 52:7 NIV] 7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

On April 11, 1945, US forces entered the Nazi camp at Buchenwald. More than 21,000 people were liberated from that camp. Edward R Murrow, whose radio report of his arrival and reception was broadcast on CBS and became one of the most famous: “I asked to see one of the barracks. It happened to be occupied by Czechoslovaks. When I entered, men crowded around, tried to lift me to their shoulders…”

One could only imagine the joy that comes with being set free from the horrors of war and prison. Isaiah captures the moment of joy for those who hear of their salvation. The legend of the marathon, is based on the story of a messenger who ran about 150 miles in two days to deliver the news, “we have won!”

Whether getting the news or giving the news, it is good news! Paul in his letter to the Romans connects this verse to the sharing of the gospel. He has won! Jesus has set us free! What great news we have for all mankind!

Let us take a moment today to celebrate our freedom! To rejoice in the one who has liberated us from our prison of fear, shame, sin and death. May we also remember the privilege we have in carrying this message of freedom to those who are still captive. How far will you run? Who do you need to tell? Jesus has won! We are set free!