THE VICTORY PARADE
When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s Cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.
Col.2:13-15 The Message
This is a description of God’s Victory Parade that is currently at full swing. There are several types of people marching in this glorious parade. First we see the conquering general, Jesus Christ Himself, leading the triumphant celebration. Through His death He liberated millions of people captive to sin from every generation of mankind. We see Him rejoicing and singing over the precious fruit of His incredible triumph. Next, we see the defeated enemies, the fallen, wicked spirits who held us as slaves for all of those years, shackled and being paraded in shame through the streets. Those who enticed us to live a shameful life are now exposed and face this public humiliation, their eternal reward has been made sure. Finally the focus of this entire procession, those Christ has purchased with His blood, celebrating with all their hearts knowing their eternal place with Christ has been secured. Their singing is a song like no other, filled with passion, shouting the name of their victorious Lord.
Have you been set free from the horrible corruption and slavery of sin? Have you been liberated from the prison of sinful behavior and destructive lifestyle? If so, this parade is for you. It is time to break ranks with the world and it’s lusts, it is time to join into the celebration of singing and rejoicing, knowing you have been freed from slavery by the price of the blood of our conquering general. In our past lives we wasted our time on bad decisions, harmful relationships, and shameful behavior, but those days are finished. The blood that purchased our freedom has been spilled, the wicked spirits that imprisoned us are defeated, and the celebration is in full swing. I can smell the fragrance of redemption, I hear the approaching sounds of the celebration, the shouts of joy are filling the air. The smells and the sounds are rising up as an offering before the Father’s throne. He is well pleased. It is time for you to take your place in the joyful throng. There is a place reserved for you in the procession. Let yourself go, leave behind that other life, join in God’s Victory Parade. What have you got to lose?