14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. 2 Corinthians 2:14 NRSV
In Ancient Rome whenever a victorious general returned home from battle, Rome gave him a public parade, a TRIUMPHAL PROCESSION.
In the processional the victorious commander would be riding in a golden chariot, surrounded by his officers. The parade would also include a display of the spoils of battle, as well as the captive enemy soldiers. The Roman priests would also be in the parade, carrying burning incense to pay tribute to the victorious army.
As the Roman priests burned the incense in the parade, the aroma/fragrance affected different people in different ways. To the triumphant soldiers, it meant life and victory; but to the conquered enemy, it meant defeat and death.
The procession would follow a special route through the city and the citizens of Rome would cheer as the procession marched by. (Some of you maybe have seen the epic movie Ben Hur, there is a great scene of a Roman Triumphal Procession) Finally the procession would end at the Circus Maximus where the helpless captives would entertain the people by fighting wild beasts. It was a very special day in Rome when the citizens were treated to a full-scale “Roman Triumph.”
In this verse the “Christian parade” Paul describes, Jesus Christ as the Victor. Through His death on the cross, He has conquered every foe. We Christians ride in that procession with Him, sharing His victory.
This thought alone is worth reflecting on daily. We are marching triumphantly behind Christ our Leader. VICTORIOUS!! In every way, every day Christ has already won the victory. I pray that no matter what is going on in your life right now, you can hold onto this truth, Jesus has won and as Christians we are marching in the Triumphant Procession.
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