The battle of Waterloo is one of the most famous battles in world history. It occurred on the mainland of Europe June 18, 1815 – 202 years ago. The battle pitted the French army commanded by Napoleon, against the English, German, Prussian and Dutch forces commanded by the Duke of Wellington. News of Napoleon’s defeat was first carried by ship that sailed across the English Channel to England’s southern coast. The news was then relayed from the coast by signal flags to London. When the report was received, the flags atop Winchester Cathedral spelled out the win over Napoleon. The English forces had won a decisive victory! But before the message was completed a good-old-fashion London fog moved in. The signal flags read: “Wellington defeated.”
Can you imagine the emotion folks felt? What devastating news! How would England’s defeat effect their daily lives?
Gloom filled the London streets as the news quickly spread.
But soon the fog lifted. Now the signal flags could be read in their entirety. “Wellington defeated the enemy.” What a turn-around!
Dear friends, after Friday the disciples thought Jesus too had been defeated. But then came Sunday! The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us the confidence that our victory has been secured. Jesus defeated the enemy on this day. And that is cause to truly rejoice!