Illustration on the Resurrection of Jesus – Victory, Not Defeat

Resurrection: Different

It is reported that at the close of the Battle of Waterloo, upon the issue of which hung the destinies of Europe, the English people were anxiously awaiting news of the result. Their only means of communication was a system of signal lights flashed across the English Channel. The fog became so dense that only a part of the message was made out. It read, “Wellington defeated.” Gloom settled upon the English. But imagine their joy when the fog lifted and they received the whole message, “Wellington defeated the enemy.”

When Christ was crucified, His disciples were so enshrouded by the fogs of doubt that they saw but one meaning to the sad event, “Christ defeated.” All hope was gone; Christ was dead. But Easter morning brought the glorious fact of the risen Lord, and the message read, “Christ defeated the devil.” How glorious! By dying, Christ conquered the grave; by ascending, Christ made possible our ascension even to heaven. Hallelujah! “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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