What actually happened during this Holy time that we now call Easter? It was called “Passover” when the Jews celebrated it during the 1st century. Many were in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover when Jesus was arrested and crucified. What those Jews and the Roman soldiers did not see or know was the spiritual war being won that dark week-end. Even His disciples did not understand as Jesus was led away, bruised and beaten by Roman soldiers. As He died and said, “It is finished!”, they could not see the 20,000 chariots of God. They did not realize that Jesus Christ had died in order to lead “captivity captive.” Praise the Lord – prisoners were set free from the penalty of death and Satan lost his power.
Psalm 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. 18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive : thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. 19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. 20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death. KJV
When was “captivity taken captive”?
Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this, “He ascended”–what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
And who was the Person who could do such a wondrous thing?
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. John 3:13 Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.” Matthew 17:9
This Person was the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible could not be clearer. During the season we call ‘Easter’ we celebrate this wonderful event. I am not sure that our minds are even capable of understanding what a marvelous thing it was, this leading ‘captivity’ captive.
The Bible says that in Christ we have redemption through His blood, according to ‘the fullness of time.” We may not understand the times and the seasons of the spiritual battles, but we do know that Christ has been victorious:
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, 8 which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory.