13th April 2013

He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.”
Luke 4:18 (NIV)

The historic wording for the title of this topic is “I came, I saw, I conquered.” “Veni, Vidi, Vici” is a famous Latin Phrase spoken by Julius Caesar in 47BC following his decisive defeat of Pharnaces (2nd), the king of Pontus at the Battle of Zela. Pontus was located where Turkey is today. The phrase was written on a plaque and the sign carried to remind the Roman people of Caesar’s rapid victories. As one of many Latin phrases that have persisted throughout the history of Western civilization, the phrase is often quoted in music, art, literature and a variety of other contexts.

In reality, that phrase belongs to Jesus Christ, not Julius Caesar. For Jesus is the One who came, saw, and conquered! He came from the realms of glory as we read in John 17:5, “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” When he came to the earth, he saw what we see today. A ruined creation, a world filled with corruption, deception, rebellion, selfishness, greed, warfare, oppression and hopelessness. A people who are lost, and held captive by the evil one. “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19)

Jesus saw that the evil one has taken humanity captive. And he came to set the captives free, so that we can begin to experience the life for which he made us–eternal life! (John 10:10). Did Jesus come to conquer Caesar and the armies of Rome? That is the kind of Messiah the Jews were looking for:  they wanted freedom from Rome’s oppression. But Jesus came to defeat someone far more powerful than a Roman emperor. “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”’ Then the devil left him, and angels (from the realms of glory) came and attended him.” (Matthew 4:10-11).

Satan is a defeated enemy, he has been conquered by the Son of God. In defeating Satan, Jesus also conquered sin and death. Read 1 Corinthians 15:55-57:  “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus came, He saw and He conquered. He did it for you, me and all of humanity–the lost children of God. He accomplished it by his life, death, resurrection and ascension.

Thank you Father, for sending your Son, who has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into his kingdom. In him we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins as stated in the book of Colossians.

Study by Sherwin Scott


sherwinscott1About the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the Grace Communion in Lewes, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilarybucksbox@mypostoffice.co.uk

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