The Victory of the Cross
“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
Colossians 2:15 (NIVUK)
The events of last weekend on a high-speed train in northern France brought the above scripture to mind.
A group of passengers disarmed a terrorist, who was carrying an AK-47, a handgun and a knife, and appeared to be planning a sinister attack on unsuspecting civilians.
The church in Corinth was very concerned about how the believer’s faith could come under threat from the bombardment of outside negative influences. What about the hostile activities of Satan and his demons? Or what about possible danger from powerful figures in government or from others in authority?
Paul re-assured the Corinthians by reminding them of the effectiveness of Christ’s crucifixion for all of us. We don’t need to fear because Jesus has disarmed all principalities and powers. The phrase about making a public spectacle of them is a reference to Roman victory celebrations when captured enemies would be paraded before the cheering crowds. Paul uses it as a metaphor to show how Jesus is victorious over all of his, and therefore our, enemies.
We live in a dangerous world, and, spiritually speaking, we can be re-assured that Jesus has disarmed all those who would hurt our faith.
Thank you, Father, for the victory we have in the cross of Jesus.
Study by James Henderson
About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. This weekend James is at our church’s Irish festival in Galway. You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations. For details of your nearest local congregation in the UK and Ireland, check on our website, www.gracecom.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.