WaterlooIt was June 18, 1815, the Battle of
Waterloo. The French under the command of Napoleon were fighting the Allies
(British, Dutch, and Germans) under the command of Wellington. The people of England
depended on a system of semaphore signals to find out how the battle was going.
One of these signal stations was on the tower of Winchester

Late in the day it flashed the signal:
“W-E-L-L-I-N-G-T-O-N—D-E-F-E-A-T-E-D- -.” Just at that moment one
of those sudden English fog clouds made it impossible to read the message. The
news of defeat quickly spread throughout the city. The whole countryside was
sad and gloomy when they heard the news that their country had lost the war.

Suddenly the fog lifted, and the remainder
of the message could be read. The message had four words, not two. The complete
message was:

“W-E-L-L-I-N-G-T-O-N- – -DE-F-E-A-
T-E-D- – -T-H-E- – -E-N- E-M-Y!”

It took only a few minutes for the good news
to spread. Sorrow was turned into joy, defeat was turned into victory!

So it was when Jesus was laid in the tomb
on the first Good Friday afternoon. Hope had died even in the hearts of Jesus’
most loyal friends. After the frightful crucifixion,  the fog of disappointment and
misunderstanding had crept in on the friends of Jesus.

They had
“read” only part of the divine message. “Christ defeated”
was all that they knew. But then on the third day–Easter Sunday–the fog of
disappointment and misunderstanding lifted, and the world received the complete
message: “Christ defeated death!” Defeat was turned into victory;
death was turned to life!

S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited

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