Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | April 14, 2006

Triumph in Christ

With Easter weekend ahead, I want to point you towards an article by Bryn Jones called 'Triumphant in the Spirit World'. In this superb piece of writing from The Restorer, Bryn puts so clearly the overwhelming significance of the cross and resurrection mean.

Go here to read the complete article, but in the meantime here's a taster:

The empty cross and tomb straddle the boundary line between this age and the one to come – into which Christ the pioneer/trailblazer has already gone. Every time we triumph in any circumstance or situation opposed to us – every time we heal the sick, cast out devils, lead people to faith in Christ, receive answers to our prayers, experience the divine presence and fellowship amongst his people, and share his life in the everyday world of our existence – we are tasting of the powers of the age to come.

The Cross, master-minded by Satan in unholy conspiracy with religious and political leaders actually proved to be a catastrophic disaster for the enemy. The demonic spirits were totally routed, with Christ triumphant parading them as a spectacle across the heavens (Col 2:15). In doing this he displayed God’s power as the greatest in the universe. In the resurrection and ascension God established his Son as cosmic Lord, seating him at his own right hand.

One of the church’s greatest songs of triumph is the doxology in Romans 8:31-39, which hinges on the theme, ‘if God is for us, who can be against us?’ The rest of the song seems to rise as an anthem of praise from millions of voices saying, ‘no one, nothing, nothing at all, nothing in heaven, earth or under the earth, nothing in our present experience, nothing in our future experience, nothing acting from within itself against us, nothing acting on behalf of others against us, no system, no threat, no intimidation, no law, no unjust judgement, no mass revolt, no peer pressure, no structural violence, no demon, no political or economic system, no socio-political pressure, nothing in the invisible or visible worlds either in our existing space galaxy or in unseen galaxies, in this age or the age to come, can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The cosmic Christ is cosmic Lord, and he is for us.

Our triumphant testimony is that Christ has conquered the powers of darkness and that we – in Christ – can ‘rule in life’ now.

Easter is not time to engage in a dry, religious tradition and neither is it about the chocolate and cards pushed onto us by consumerism. Easter is about Christ's absolute, total victory and triumph – Jesus has conquered all!

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Responses

  1. Amen!

  2. Excellent Hugh – I love how Bryn refers to Jesus as the Cosmic Lord as it shows that the power and work of the Cross effects all principalities, powers and rulers on this earth and acros the whole universe. The power of the cross is eternal, everlasting and effective in the lives of those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour


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