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2 Corinthians 2:14
When Honorius was emperor of Rome, the great Coliseum was often filled to overflowing with spectators who came form near and far to watch the statesponsored games.  Part of the sport venue consisted of human beings doing battle with wild beasts or with one another, to the point where one was killed.  The assembled multitudes made holiday of such sport and found the greatest delight when a human being died.
  On just such a day, a Syrian monk named Telemachus was part of the vast crowd in the arena.  Telemachus cut to the core of his heart by the utter disregard he saw for the value of human life.  He leaped from the spectator stands into the arena during a gladatorial show and cried out, "This thing is not right!  This thing must stop!"
  Because he had interfered, the authorities commanded that Telemachus be run through with a sword, which was done. He died, but not in vain.  His cry kindled a small flame in the nearly burned out conscience of the people and within a matter of months the gladatorial combats came to an end.
  For years multitudes of people were slaughtered in the arena.  I am sure there were probably many people who said in their private conversations this isn't right but it seemed like something so big just on person couldn't possibly stop it.  So paralyzed by an seemingly overwhelming obstacle they did nothing.  They believed there was no way they could win.   "Choose your battles," they probably thought.  That day when Telemachus died some of these very people probably thought, "see I knew that would happen.  This thing is just to big."  To those people it seemed that Telemachus had failed and by worldly standards he had.  What greater failure than to end in death.  Game over.  But in that sacrifice the fragrance of the knowledge of God was spread and within months the giant that seemed undefeatable was defeated.  
  It wasn't just that what Telemachus witnessed was wrong it was that the heart of God was grieved and what grieved God grieved Telemachus and God finally found someone "whose heart was fully committed to Hi," (2Chr. 16:9), and was willing to act.  Triumphal procession doesn't mean will always win in the moment but it is a procession and we will win in the end.  What may seem to be insurmontable or a "temporary setback" is only another opportunity for God to be revealed through His people.  
   I end with two quotes.  The first from Sean Connery in Untouchables.  His character lay on the ground bleeding and dying.  They had attempted to take down Al Capone and he gave his life for a vital piece of information that would take down Capone and upon handing it to Elliot Ness he said, "What are you preparded to do."  He gave his life what was Elliot prepared to do to see this through.  The second quote is by Clark Baisden.  He said, "If you are not willing to die taking this hill then you will not take this hill."
  What are you prepared to do for God's triumpal procession in your life so that the knowledge of His fragrance can spread.  Let us be willing to seemingly fail for a cause we know will win.  Let us be willing do die to ourselves so He can live through us.  Today call out to God for the heart of the Father to burn brightly in you.  For He makes you great.