He died once to defeat sin, and now he lives for the glory of God (Romans 6:10).
On June 18, 1815, the Duke of Wellington led the English forces against the massive armies of Napoleon at Waterloo. News of the battle came by a sailing vessel to the south coast of England, where it was wigwagged by semaphore overland toward London.
When the message reached the city, the signaling flags from the semaphore began to spell out the news on top of Winchester Cathedral. A dense fog settled just as the words "Wellington defeated" were finished. The semaphore could no longer be seen, and the shocking and heartbreaking news of Wellington's defeat spread throughout London.
However, they had received only half a message. Before long the fog lifted and again the signal flags became visible. This time they spelled out the complete message of the battle: "Wellington defeated the enemy!"
The people rejoiced at this great victory.
That was certainly good news. But I have even greater news for you today. Wellington's victory was nothing compared with the victory that today we are signaling by every possible method to the whole world -- via print, radio, television, film, the Internet, and every other possible way. It is a message straight from the cross of Calvary and the empty tomb.
The message is: "Christ defeated the enemy!"
The Bible declares that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ defeated Satan and the powers of darkness by His death and resurrection.
We know that God "raised him (Christ) from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way" (Ephesians 1:20-23, NIV).
The world and the devil would like to create a fog around the full message of the gospel and tell people only half the message: "Christ defeated." But we know better. God gave us His Word. We have seen the full message: "Christ defeated the enemy."
The book of Revelation reveals, "They overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony" (12:11, NIV). The blood of the Lamb is a one-time, historical, reliable and irrefutable fact. But our testimony is recurring daily, and moment by moment. Let us continually appropriate His victory in every situation and confess what the Lamb has done.
"Christ defeated the enemy."
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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