“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15, NIV).
In this verse, Paul talks about the public spectacle that Christ made as He conquered Satan and the powers of darkness on the cross. In 2008, I was blessed to be a part of a public spectacle as Christ ruled the day. I joined 4,000 Christian brothers, fathers, and sons for a “Men at the Cross” celebration here in Houston. Joe White, Founder and President, entered a dark arena with a spotlight focused on him as he carried a large wooden beam on his shoulder. He carried it up a ramp to the stage and proceeded to use an ax and build a cross while he talked about the crucifixion from the point of view of a soldier whose job was to make the cross.
On the stage, he took his ax and notched another beam. He then proceeded to take 8-inch spikes and joined the beams together to form the cross. His assistants helped him raise the cross and set it center stage for all to see. Joe began to explain what happened on the cross that day and stressed the significance of the blood of Jesus on the cross and what it meant for Christians. He asked us to take a piece of paper and write down anything that we were holding onto—any unresolved guilt, remorse, condemnation, stronghold, generational curse, or bondage that we wanted to be free from. The auditorium was still and quiet as men of all ages wrote on their paper.
I realized that tears were streaming down my face as I made my list. As I looked up, I saw other men wiping away tears. Some men shook and trembled in grief and were consoled by their friends and fellow brothers in Christ. Joe then called us to get up out of our seats and make our way to the cross. One by one, we stood up and made our way to the cross now located in the middle of the auditorium. We handed our pieces of paper detailing our guilt, shame, condemnation, fears, hurt, and regrets to his staff. They, in turn, nailed them to the cross. We stood in silence with our arms raised in surrender and worship. We stood there in reverence and awe as the blood of Jesus washed and cleansed us. We came to the cross broken, tired, hurting, and defeated men. We left strong, confident, bold, and victorious. That is a day I will never forget as Christ showed up and once again defeated Satan and every power of darkness. I recall the smiles of joy and peace as the men left that day. Now that was a public spectacle!
Lord, thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Jesus, I thank you for the victory I have in you. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.