On Sunday we continue the sermon series on The Word of the Cross by looking at the notion of the Cross being the focus of The Apocalyptic War. It sounds complicated, but it is really about understanding the death and resurrection of Jesus as decisive acts that have won a mighty victory over the enemies of God.
Apocalyptic is a special theological word meaning that God has broken into history in a completely new way. At the Incarnation Jesus came into the present age, in which the powers of wickedness are in revolt against God, to bring in the Age to Come, in which God will assert his authority, judge and punish the wicked and reign with his people forever.
Having invaded enemy territory, Christ triumphed in the ensuing war and we now live in the fruits of his victory!
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Colossians 2:13–15 (NIV)