The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'More than conquerors'

Our victory of eternal life comes from Christ

It is reputed that on Oct. 28, 312, Flaverius Valerius Aurelius Constantine had a vision of a cross in the sky emblazoned with the words In Hoc Signo Vinces (in this sign conquer). Armed with this portent of divine blessing, Constantine and his army went on to defeat Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge on the Tiber River, a few miles from Rome. The victory convinced him to recognize Christianity as a legal religion in 313. He became sole emperor of Rome in 324 and, three years later, was baptized on his deathbed.

On another October day, 1,691 years after this famed sighting, a cross appeared in the sky over the intersection of Peachtree Road and Wesley Road in Atlanta—the location of a Roman Catholic cathedral, an Episcopal cathedral and a Baptist church.

Caused by the confluence of jet airplane contrails, this cross holds no mystery. Still it was for me, who had a fleeting moment to photograph it, a vivid symbol of the ultimate victory Christ gives, as Paul proclaims: “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Whatever battles we face in life, even death itself, we are promised the victory of eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


daniel goodaker

daniel goodaker

Posted at 7:56 pm (U.S. Eastern) 3/2/2009

In August of 1969 I witnessed a cross in the midst of some thin, dark wispy clouds directly between myself and the sun. As a young man of only fourteen I quickly took my bike around the neighborhood to find any other witnesses. There were none. To this day I don't know if anyone really believes me when I recount what happened on that afternoon-but I know what I saw. It was eleven years before I would accept Christ, but I will cherish that moment when I feel God revealed Himself to me for all eternity. Thank you for allowing me to share my story. I've searched all over the internet for a sight such as this one. God bless you. 

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