The Milvian Bridge still stands in Rome over the muddy Tiber River. Here a battle took place that would be a turning point in the story of Christianity and the history of Europe.
It was October 31 2 AD. Constantine and his troops marched towards Rome to do battle with his opponent, Maxentius.It was the greatest challenge the gifted young general would ever face. The outcome would decide who would control the mighty Roman Empire.
As Constantine stopped to plan the battle, he realized he needed greater power than just military force. Maxentius was relying on the Roman gods. But how should Constantine pray? Constantine saw that the pagan gods didn’t protect their worshippers. So he turned in prayer to the Christian God. As he prayed, Constantine had a vision. In the sky, he saw a glowing cross and the words, In hoc signo vinces - "In this sign, you will conquer'
Constantine and his whole army were amazed. That night in a dream it was confirmed; this was Jesus Christ he was dealing with. Constantine accepted the vision. He adopted the sign. He had Christ'smonogram, the Chi Rho, marked on his soldiers' armour. He went into battle.Even though his forces were outnumbered, he won.
Constantine believed that the God of the Christians had directed the battle to give him victory. Even though he was not baptised until the time of his death in 337, from that time on Constantine regarded himself as a Christian.