The Arch of Triumph: Are You Part of the Procession?

sunset-from-the-arch-of-triumphBecause life is short and time precious, eiffel-tower-as-seen-from-top-of-arch-of-triumphon the second day of our quest for the best of Paris the-avenue-des-champs-elyseeswe walked 12.9 miles climbing-down-stairs-in-notre-dame-towerand climbed 52 flights of stairsclimbing-up-the-bell-tower-of-the-notre-dame…but who’s counting, right? (Well, I wasn’t, but Alan’s i-phone was.)climbing-up-the-bell-tower-inside-the-notre-dame We started the morning with a tour of the Notre Dame, powering to the topview-of-paris-from-the-top-of-the-notre-dame of their bell tower for a fantastic bird’s-eye view of Paris, cafe-brasserie-les-deux-palaishad lunch at a quintessential French Café, Les Deux Palaisenjoying-lunch-at-cafe-brasserie-les-deux-palais-paris (notice how Parisiens all face out so they can watch the street scenes), the-musee-dorsayspent much too short an afternoon at the marvelous Musée d’Orsay, fontaine-des-mers-at-the-place-de-la-concorde-parisand ended with an evening stroll through Concord Place,strolling-down-the-avenue-des-champs-elysees down the length of the Champs-Élysées, staircase-inside-the-arch-of-triumphand up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (Arch of Triumph) sunset-over-paris-from-arch-of-triumphto watch a glowing sunset over the City of Lights. celebration-of-arc-de-triompheThe Arch of Triumph was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 relief-of-courageous-generals-at-the-arc-de-triomphe-parisand was the world’s highest arch until 1938,arc-de-triomphe-de-letoile-at-nightalthough it’s probably still the world’s most famous! visiting-the-arch-of-triumph-in-parisAt any rate, it was definitely the arch that I envisioned last Sunday bill-preachingwhile listening to my spiritual big brother, Bill Rudd, preach his last message sun-setting-behind-arch-of-triumphbefore retiring after 48 years of deeply effective ministry. french-flag-under-arch-of-triumphBill reminded us that in Christ we experience victory over Satan, sin, suffering, tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier-by-the-arch-of-triumphand eventually death, triumphal-entry-through-arc-de-triomphe-after-world-war-2and that we are part of a great throng of people who are being led sunset-behind-grande-arche-de-la-defense“in triumphal procession” through life to heaven, french-flag-flying-at-arc-de-triomphespreading “the fragrance of the knowledge of him [Jesus] everywhere.” the-avenue-des-champs-elysees-from-the-arch-of-triumphHis last challenge to us was to constantly grow in our love & knowledge of Jesus the-roue-de-paris-at-the-place-de-la-concorde-in-parisso that we will exude his fragrance wherever we go. statue-in-the-arch-of-triumphAh, to be so intent on experiencing Jesus that I’m willing to walk thirteen miles and climb 52 flights of stairsthe-avenue-des-champs-elysees-paris-as-seen-from-the-arch-of-triumph…not just once, like I did to enjoy the glory of Paris, but every day, riding-home-on-subway-in-parisso that I can share the fragrance of Jesus with those around me!  tomb-to-the-unknown-soldier-at-arc-de-triomphe“Our suffering leads to new opportunities for service.” (William J. Rudd)
“If we’re going to bless, we’re going to bleed.” (William J. Rudd)

sun-setting-through-arc-de-triomphe-de-letoile-parisBut 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. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
(2 Corinthians 2:14-16, ESV)

(I took all the photos in Paris last spring except for the [unfortunately] blurry shot of Bill, which was taken last Sunday at Calvary Church, Muskegon. The B&W photos were from photos and a relief sculpture right at the Arch of Triumph site.)

3 responses to “The Arch of Triumph: Are You Part of the Procession?

  1. Beautiful Post – Thank You

  2. Love your writing so much and the photos are incredible.

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