In the year 1815,
Napoleon gathered his French forces at Waterloo to battle against the Duke
of Wellington. Of course, history informs us that Napoleon was defeated at
Waterloo, but how did the people living in 1815 learn of the news?
To carry the news of the Battle of Waterloo to England, an English ship
signaled to a man on shore, who then relayed the word to a man on another
hill, and so on across England. The first word that was signaled from the
ship was "Wellington." The next word that was signaled was
Then a fog rolled in, and the message stopped.
As you can imagine, all across England people wept and were disheartened by
the two word message, "Wellington defeated." But when the fog lifted, the
message continued with two additional words, "the enemy." Hope arose out of
Now here's my point. What do you think the world and even the disciples of
Jesus thought when the saw the events that transpired on the Friday of the
crucifixion? But Friday contained only a portion of the message. The rest of
the message was shared on Sunday through an empty tomb.
Hope arose out of despair!