The Triumph of Jesus

We tend to think of the death of Jesus on the Cross as a sad event, which it was. But it was also His victory! The Apostle Peter says that while the body of Jesus was in the grave, His spirit was active:

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison …” – First Peter 3:18-20
The spirit of the Lord Jesus went to the spirits to proclaim His victory! The Greek word translated as "preached," keryssoo (Strong’s G2784), means to herald or proclaim, not necessarily preach or evangelize. The Apostle Paul wrote that had the princes of this world known and understood this victory, “they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (First Corinthians 2:8)

The events of the Crucifixion tell of the victory of Jesus, and so that the people of that day would understand, these events were modeled after the Roman Triumph. Several sources of history describe the Roman victory celebration.

The triumph ceremonies began early in the morning and took up a whole day. As part of the triumph, the commander might magnanimously free a prisoner. The victorious general wore a royal purple robe and was given a crown of laurel, the crown of victory. There would be a procession through the city. If the triumphant general had captured a king, he would be part of the procession, but he would be in chains. The procession would end at the Capitoline Hill.
Now, let’s compare the Roman Triumph ceremony to the events in the life of Jesus on the day before Passover, as found in the Gospel of Mark. (author’s emphasis)
The death of the Son of God on the Cross was, indeed, a very sad event. It was sad because He was innocent, and died because of our guilt. But it was His victory! His Resurrection was a glorious event, and it represents our victory! Thank the Lord for His wonderful Plan of Salvation. Praise His name forever!

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