MARDI GRAS PARADE
2Cor. 2:14 ¶ Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
Christians have a smell about them. To some, it is a sweet fragrance of life. It is the fragrance of resurrection and growth. It is comparable to spring time, everything is green and blossoming, new life is in the air. For others, christians seem to have a foul smell about them, it could be compared to the stink of death. It is all a matter of perspective. What are you smelling like today? Adam Clarke spoke about the Roman victory parades after a great Roman conquest. It makes me think of the Mardi Gras parades going on today in NOLA.
“A triumph, among the Romans, to which the apostle here alludes,
was a public and solemn honor conferred by them on a victorious
general, by allowing him a magnificent procession. He was
carried in a magnificent chariot, adorned with ivory and plates of
gold, and usually drawn by two white horses. Musicians led up the procession, and played triumphal pieces in praise of the general; and these were followed by young men, who led the victims which were to be sacrificed on the occasion, with their
horns gilded, and their heads and necks adorned with ribbons and garlands. Next followed carts loaded with the spoils taken from the enemy, with their horses, chariots, by the kings, princes, or generals taken in the war, loaded with chains. Immediately after these came the triumphal chariot, before which, as it passed, the people strewed flowers, and shouted lo le triumphe; the procession was followed by the priests and their attendants, with the different sacrificial utensils, and a white ox, which was to
be the chief victim. The people at Corinth were sufficiently acquainted with the
nature of a triumph: St. Paul had now a triumph (but of a widely different kind); his triumph was in Christ, and to Christ he gives all the glory; his sacrifice was that of thanksgiving to his Lord; and the incense offered on the occasion caused the savor of the knowledge of Christ to be manifested in every place. As the smoke of the
victims and incense offered on such an occasion would fill the whole city with their perfume, so the odor of the name and doctrine of Christ filled the whole of Corinth and the neighboring regions; and the apostles appeared as triumphing in
and through Christ, over devils, idols, superstition, ignorance, and vice, wherever they came.”
So all of us carry a fragrance on us. We tend to smell like the things we hang around. Some may have the smell of cigarettes, alcohol, or pot wafting around them. Others have a different kind of smell on them. Paul called it the fragrance of Christ. What an amazing thing, we have never seen Him but He effects every part of our lives. He even effects the way we smell. So today we are all “parading” through our city. The question that begs to be answered is this; what kind of fragrance are you spreading throughout the city?