“When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”
Colossians 2:15 NAS
At the cross, Jesus wasn’t pushing for power, clambering for control, or vying for victory. He was always the victor, always in control, always the champion. But by the cross, He put the enemy in his place by disarming him, the original Greek presenting a picture of stripping down, of removing weapons. And He did it publicly for all to witness.
Notice the past tense: disarmed, made, triumphed. It is done, finished, history. The enemy openly lost, we openly won. Our enemy was disarmed! And our Champion is the “head over all rule and authority.” (Colossians 2:10) In Christ, we stand with the Victor against a stripped down, publicly despoiled enemy who would really like to forget–and for us to forget–that the cross ever happened.
So rather than trudging along in defeat as if our enemy won, let us remember the cross, remind the enemy of the cross, and run like the champions we are. For Christ and His cross made it so.
Janice Powell 2013