He led captivity captive

February 17, 2012

What's the gospel in seven words? We asked theologians, pastors and others both to answer this question and to
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He led captivity captive.

Among Gospel epitomes I
especially love the Jesus prayer, the Agnus Dei and "When he ascended on high,
he led captivity captive"--the good news as I first heard it from Paul
(Ephesians 4:8) and Christ's Jubilee proclamation (Luke 4:18). Christ ascended
the cross, descended to the dead and ascended to heaven to restore us to the
Father. He has broken our fetters; it remains for us to shake them off and
enlist in the service of self-giving love.