“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”Colossians 2:15
So often when we think of Jesus, we think of Him as a kind and gentle soul, compassionate to the sick, tenderly leading His flock, warmly welcoming children into His arms. And of course, we’re right to think of Jesus as a truly kind and gentle Savior. But we must never mistake this kindness and gentleness for weakness.
Jesus was a man of resolve; He never wavered from His mission to live the righteous life we could not live. And He refused to back down from paying the unimaginable price of death that our sins deserved.
The cross is a curious path to victory, but it’s the path Jesus walked to conquer the enemy for us. His broken body was held there by fierce spikes, but the only thing that remained nailed to the cross was our “legal indebtedness” (Colossians 2:14), forever cancelled by His sacrifice. It’s been forgotten, forever buried. And the powers of evil are put to shame by His triumph over the grave. We serve the unconquerable Christ! Praise God that by faith we receive Jesus’ victory as our own.
“Christ’s righteousness is unconquerable. The result is inevitable. Sin is defeated and righteousness triumphs and reigns forever.”
(Martin Luther, 1535)