But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57, NKJV
A Pyrrhic victory is one costing so much it is tantamount to defeat. In the third century BC, King Pyrrhus of Epirus lost so many men while defeating the Romans in battle he declared, “Another such victory and I come back to Epirus alone.” A football team may win the game but lose its best players for the season due to injury. A workaholic husband may earn a raise only to see his family fall apart because of his neglect. Sometimes a win is truthfully a loss.
In the Christian life, it’s the other way around. Starting with Jesus, a loss is truthfully a win. His crucifixion was not a defeat. It was an eternal victory over sin, death, hell, and the devil. Christians can live triumphantly because His victory has become ours.