VICTORY AND TRIUMPH
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of him in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14
In ancient Rome, victorious Generals led their armies in a triumphal procession down the Apian Way. They were praised by the citizens. They were awarded with the treasures of the realm. They were loved by the citizens of the Empire.
Similar celebrations continued at the end of WW2. Our armies marched through the Arch de Triumph and onward down the Avenues of Paris. They marched down Fifth Avenue of New York City and down the Streets of other “home towns”. They marched in celebration of their victory over the forces of evil. They were loved by one and all.
Throughout the ages, the ending of wars was a welcome celebration. For those who lost a loved one killed in the war, their celebration was dimmed by their tears. For those who were defeated, it was a time of sorrow.
The ultimate Triumphal march was by a single Man seated on the back of a donkey. Crowds cheered and threw palm branches on the road before Him. He rode into Jerusalem knowing that pain, punishment, and death awaited Him. Onward He rode knowing that the world needed His path to victory over sin. Jesus, God walking among us, rode on assuring us that death had lost its sting and that life, eternal with Him in Heaven, was just ahead.
Father, I thank you for the lessons You taught us during Your life among us, Your death on the cross, and Your victory walking from the tomb alive and well. Amen