March 13, 2021
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2:14
When returning from battle, the Roman militia would enter the crowd-lined streets of the capital city with much pomp. At the front of the procession, the general would ride in a bejeweled chariot wearing a laurel crown and gilded toga with his face painted red to symbolize his near-divine power. He would also carry the scent of victory with the finest of spices. In contrast, at the end of the procession were the prisoners of war who wreaked of near-death disease.
Paul draws on this imagery to encourage Christians to press through our spiritual battles of life confident in the One who leads us in ultimate victory. Yet, even in the midst of present suffering, when we follow the way of Jesus (carrying our cross), others will witness a life worth living. For we spread the “fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling