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Jesus Defeated

A single battle can determine the outcome of an entire war.  Like Gettysburg, during the Civil War and the Invasion of Normandy during World War II.   During the process of the entire war one battle can cause a change in the momentum for one side or the other.  Such was the case in June of 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo.

Napoleon had been in power for several years and it seemed that no matter which directin he went he could inevitable conquer any country or nation in his way.  He decided in earley 1815, afer having been silent for a while, that he would make a ‘comeback’ and march on France.  For 100 days he would wage war and destruction.  General Wellington of the British Army represented the last formidable opposition to Napoleon and the French Army.  Wellington’s army consisted of 68,000 men and 156 guns while Napoleon had 74,000 men and 256 guns.  After a short, but blooky, battle at Watterloo on June 18, 1815 Napoleon was defeated.

At this time CNN, FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC were not covering the battle moment by moment.  To communicate the outcome of the battle, English towns from Begium across the English Channel had devised a system of flashing lights to be used from the top one church building to another.   When the battle ended, England had proved victorious and the following message was sent, “Wellingtom Defeated Napoleon”.  However, as the message was received and sent from church to church toward the island of Great Britain, the fog began to rise and get heavy.  By the time the message reached the island, the fog cut the message short as the church received the following message, “Wellington defeated.”  For several hours, the nation panicked and feared the eventual overthrow of their country.  But when the fog lifted they would get the entire message, “Wellington Defeated Napoleon.”

On a Friday when Jesus Christ was crucified and buried there were those, who like those in England, believed a false message.  That message being, “Jeus Defeated.”  And, I’m sure, afer some very anxious hours until that glorious Sunday when the fog lefts do they get the entire message, “Jesus Defeated Death.”  Let us not live as though we are believing in an incomplete message.

“He is not here; for He is risen...” Matt. 28: 6
“O Death, where is your sting?  O Hades, whee is your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15: 55.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward