Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from 1 Samuel 27-29; Luke 13:1-22
Wednesday’s: 1 Samuel 30-31; Luke 13:23-35

Jonathan Wainwright was the only U.S. General to be captured in WWII.  General Douglas MacArthur had given the orders, “No surrender.  Fight to the end.”  But intense fighting in the Philippines pushed Wainwright to surrender.  For months in a Mongolia POW camp he was immersed in self-condemnation for having surrendered to the enemy.  His body deteriorated under the harsh conditions and he was forced to hobble around on a cane.  When MacArthur ultimately prevailed, the Japanese were forced to surrender.  Wainwright was now free, but he continued to live as a prisoner because the news had not reached Mongolia.  An Allied plane landed near the POW camp and an American officer walked to the fence.  He saluted Wainwright and said, “General, Japan has surrendered.”  With this new information, Wainwright stood tall, limped to the commandant’s office and declared, “My commander-in-chief has defeated your commander-in-chief.  I am in control now.  I order you to surrender!”  Without a shot being fired, the Japanese commandant laid down his weapon and surrendered to the emaciated, weak man he had once controlled.[1]

The power of that transaction was not dependent upon Wainwright’s strength, but on the truth of what had occurred.  When Jesus rose from the grave, His actions declared victory and liberation for anyone who will accept the truth of what He has done.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] The Grace Walk Devotional, Steve McVey, 2013, pg. 181.