This general must have been the chief general in the field of battle.
The campaign must have been completely successful.
A large number of enemy soldiers must have fallen in battle.
He must gain an expansion of territory for the Roman Empire.
He was the commander-in-chief in the field of battle — the cross.
Jesus completely paid for our sins on the cross.
Satan and his emissaries fell in defeat.
He secured salvation and eternal future for those who believe on him.
Jesus led the fallen angels in his victory procession. He leads the way with his victorious cross, “but thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in union with Christ,” II Corinthians 2:14. Jesus vanquished fallen angels and led them in triumph in Colossians 2:15 (display of the defeated); in II Corinthians2:14 those led are not captives exposed to humiliation but displayed as the glory of Him who leads.
On occasion the general’s sons, with various officers, rode behind his chariot. In this case the main thought would be display.
Jesus disarmed the demonic principalities and powers by fulfilling the demands of the law. He delivered the believer from the powers that drive legalism.
Colossians Gnostics believed in cosmic powers with its classes and grades of angels and demons. Matter was an evil kingdom. Paul argues that the cosmic Christ has defeated the enemy. Jesus stripped them of their weapons and made a display of his defeated enemy. Jesus made it evident to the angelic forces that he thwarted the spiritual forces against him.
Jesus gained an immortal victory through his death. The last word “it” refers to the cross. The fight was fierce; the combatant died; but in dying he triumphed (I Corinthians 15:57). His enemy did not count on his resurrection. Jesus routed the enemy by the resurrection (Romans 8:37; Hebrews 2:14-15; I John 3:8). The Devil overshot his mark again. The fallen angels thought for sure that Jesus was dead and gone.