MARDI GRAS PARADE

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?

2 Replies to “MARDI GRAS PARADE”

  1. 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

    English Standard Version (ESV)

    14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

    Personally God has been dealing with me about my participation in worldly things. Even the simplest things smell of death but only once you have gotten rid of them. My desire for these services is that as we draw nearer to Christ we start to smell like Him.

    I am tired of the works of my life smelling like man. I just want to be a incense of the fragrance of god. My earthly dad burned incense to hide the smell of his pot from the world. I pray that during service our heavenly Father burns his incense. That the fragrance of Christ pours over us so that all the world can see the fullness of Life in Christ.

  2. Well Pastor Frank, I had a lot more than these words to post but I just want to say, something got in between my comments that I was getting ready to post. But anyway its ok, I’m not mad, I’m smiling away, thank you Jesus, for giving me MERCY, PEACE AND GRACE, when something like that happens. Must be something in the wind or IN me. Ha. I can remember when something like that would frustrate me over incidents like that. I remember I would of threw my phone into the wall and would have broke it because of my anger. But now that I have the nine fruits of my Father, Jesus and my Helper the Holy Spirit, I have over come satans tricks and still learning. O how sweet it is to overcome satans tricks and win. Can’t do It by myself thank you Lord for the help that you have shown and continue to do so .Work at progress. Ha. Well that’s it to answer your Marvelous question, my life is FULL OF THE FRAGRANCE OF MY FATHER, SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, I SMELL A NEW BEGINNING NEW LIFE, NEW EVERYTHING, NEW COAT, LET IT RAIN. Blessings Pastor, Love you ;). By the way I’m home texting you this and spending time with my Jesus in His Book. Not out at Mardi Gras. Ha

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