On this day when we remember Jesus' death on the cross, we often think of Him as the Victim. We think of His pain and agony, the enemies that taunted, mocked and ridiculed Him, as well as His bitter suffering and death for our sins.
But there is another side to Good Friday. It focuses on Christ as the great Victor. He is likened to young David, carrying only a sling and a few smooth stones to engage in a battle to the death against the giant Goliath, coated in heavy armor, standing behind his shield, arrogantly shaking his spear and sword.
On this day Jesus our King goes up all alone to battle to the death with the giant Satan, rattling his weapons of sin, death and hell. Jesus comes as the King and Defender of all nations. He stumbles along the road, beaten and battered. He carries no weapons, no shield, only the rough cross piece.
Our Hero looks weak, helpless, and easily defeated as He falls to His knees again and again, but in His suffering and death He crushes the serpent's head. He frees us from God's wrath, from dire punishments on earth and in hell.
At the end of the battle He stands alone-Satan, sin, death and hell have all fallen-vanquished, crushed, defeated. In three days He will rise from the grave in majesty and power, with complete and total victory. There can be no doubt-He truly is the King of Kings and Ruler over all the nations.