Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Not Defeat

Two Egrets in mangrove


But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5



Not Defeat

Long before the day of the telegraph, a new method for dispatching news had been set up in England. It consisted of towers set on high places in several different directions from London, and on these towers was a system of wooden arms, called semaphores, that could be moved to spell out sentences. The messages were sent from semaphore to semaphore. This system was in use at the time of the Battle of Waterloo. The people knew that a great battle was being fought, and great crowds of them kept watching the semaphores for news. At last the semaphores spelled out the words, "Wellington defeated." 

Then great banks of cloud obscured the towers on which the semaphores were erected. The region for miles was in deep gloom. But after some time the fog lifted and the sentence was completed: "Wellington defeated the enemy." Gloom was changed into joy. 

So when the two from Emmaus were walking home, the unrecognized Jesus asked them why they were so sad. But in a little while they recognized the risen Lord, and their hearts burned
within them for joy.

– Choice Illustrations - W. W. Clay

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