It’s true that sometimes there are “spoiler alerts” because knowing some things kind of “ruins the suspense”. However, that is not always the case.
My wife Katie (then girlfriend) knew that we were going to be getting married. We had talked about it already, though I had not proposed. She knew the question was coming, but just didn’t know when or how.
I knew that we were hours away from our first child, a girl. But the intense feeling of seeing and holding her for the first time was not altered in any way by knowing that fact.
Most of us 40 and older knew that Secretariat would set amazing records and wow everyone, yet the movie captivated us.
And we all knew the outcome of the Apollo 13 flight, yet we were on the edge of our seats watching the movie. Although we knew they would eventually splash down safely in the ocean, most of us really didn’t know the details between the initial problem and the splash down.
This is what it’s like living as a Christian. Knowing the Bible is the infallible Word of God means we already know the end of the story. God wins, Satan looses. But knowing that fact does not take away from the turmoil we face during our lifetime.
Paul addressed this to the people of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 15. He was reminding them of the “end of the story”. Christ did not die on the cross to be a martyr, to motivate the followers into action. He also did not die on that cross as some sort of statement or example. He died on that cross to pay a debt we could never pay. Our sins deserve death, not just physical death in this world but eternal death, separation from God for the rest of eternity. His physical death paid that price and His resurrection provided victory over death.
However that ultimate victory doesn’t come until the end of the story. We still will face challenges and strife in this world, for Satan still holds power over the things of this world. Yet Paul is telling us in his closing statements that these momentary challenges, these temporal set backs are not to get us down.
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (versus 56-58)
How we respond to the strife of this world is being watched by others. Our work is not in vain. Hold fast to the knowledge that Christ has won! Not that ‘He will win’, but that He has already won. Continue in the “work of the Lord”, loving others through the challenges of this world, encouraging them that the Lord Jesus Christ has conquered this world.