But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV
The capture of Hill 70 in France was an important Canadian victory during the First World War, and the first major action fought by the Canadian Corps under a Canadian commander. The battle, in August 1917, gave the Allied forces a crucial strategic position overlooking the occupied city of Lens. After four days of hard combat, the Canadians turned back 21 German counter attacks and held on to their new positions atop Hill 70. About 9,000 Canadians were killed or wounded in the overall battle, while an estimated 25,000 Germans were killed or wounded.
Sin has done damage beyond anything that our first parents could imagine when they ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God had given Adam and Eve the gift of everything good He had created, and it was theirs in the Garden of Eden, except one thing. They couldn’t possibly have imagined that every single human being, and every part of creation, would be separated from the Creator and would suffer in unimaginable ways because of their actions. We look at our world today and it doesn’t take long to see the effect of sin – individual lives, communities, nations, and the environment all suffer immensely because of sin. If that was the end of the story, it would be horrible. But there is good news – even great news. The apostle writes this in 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus’ coming into the world changed everything. Sin lost its grip on every heart that turns in faith to Jesus, and God is still at work redeeming all of His creation. He wants to transform your life too.
These have been words from the heart.