During the Battle of Waterloo, news of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon reached England. The news came by a sailing vessel to the south coast, by using a semaphore, a system of sending messages by waving two flags according to an alphabetic code. They spelled out the eagerly awaited message: “W-e-l-l–i-n-g-t-o-n—D-e-f-e-a-t-e-d—,” and then a dense fog settled over the land!
The flags could no longer be seen, and thus the sad, heart breaking news of the incomplete message went on to London, overwhelming the country in gloom and despair: “Wellington Defeated!”
But, then the fog lifted, and again the semaphore became visible, spelling out the complete message of the battle. “W-e-l-l-i-n-g-t-o-n —D-e-f-e-a-t-e-d—t-h-e—E-n-e-m-y!” Now the message was all the more glorious because of the earlier gloom. Like the spread of a house on fire, the joyful news spread across the land, and lifted the spirits of the people onto a plane of gratitude and jubilant praise: “Wellington Defeated the Enemy!”
Likewise the sinless Son of God gave Himself willingly in a death upon His cruel cross for the sin of the world.
Luke tells us: “And it was about the sixth hour (noon), and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. As Jesus died, the darkness deepened for His fearful followers. To them Calvary meant but one thing: “J-E-S-U-S—D-E-F-E-A-TE-D.”
After 3 days, Jesus arose and the news came “J-E-S-U-S—D-E-F-E-A-TE-D—D-E-A-T-H!”
Never ever despair, in life. All things work together for good to them who love God. (Romans 8:28)