surrender

Confederate Army

On April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, General Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant wrote the terms of surrender, allowing the Confederates to return home. The war was over. After four years of fighting, approximately 630,000 deaths and over 1 million casualties the Union was saved and the Confederates’ hopes of establishing a new nation perished.

Victory in Europe Day

Victory in Europe Day — known as V-E Day or VE Day — was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 (in Commonwealth countries, 7 May 1945) to mark the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, thus ending the war in Europe. The formal surrender of the occupying German forces in the Channel Islands was not until 9 May 1945. On 30 April Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin, and so the surrender of Germany was authorized by his successor, President of Germany Karl Dönitz. The administration headed by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg government. The act of military surrender was signed on 7 May in Reims, France, and on 8 May in Berlin, Germany.

The surrender of the Empire of Japan on 2 September 1945 brought the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy and Japanese Army Air Force were incapable of carrying out anything but suicide attacks, and Operation Downfall, the Allied invasion of Japan, was planned to begin on November 1st. Japan was also under a tight blockade by submarines, air power, sea mines and surface warships. Furthermore, Japan was undergoing continual and deadly air raids by American bombers such as the B-29 Super fortress, and the U.S. Army Air Forces were preparing to move up even more bombers to the large island of Okinawa, overrun by the Americans in April and May 1945, and even closer to Japan than the Marianas. By August 1, 1945, many of the Japanese people were approaching malnutrition, and the Japanese Army and Naval Air Forces had barely enough gasoline available to fly a limited number of kamikaze attacks on the U.S. Navy, the British Royal Navy, and the Royal Australian Navy.

While publicly stating its intent to fight on to the bitter end, the Japanese Supreme War Council, also called the “Big Six”) was privately making contacts with the neutral Soviet Union to mediate a peace on terms favorable to the Japanese Empire. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union was preparing to attack the Imperial Japanese Army in Manchuria, in fulfillment promises made to the United States and the United Kingdom at the Tehran Conference, the Yalta Conference, and the Potsdam Conference.

On 6 August 1945, the U.S. Army Air Forces dropped a medium-sized atomic bomb on the Japanese seaport city of Hiroshima on the main island of Honshu. Then late in the evening of 8 August, in accordance with the above-mentioned Allied agreements, but in abrogation of the Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact, the Soviet Union declared war on the Japanese Empire, and soon after midnight on 9 August, the Soviet Army launched a ground invasion of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo (Manchuria).

Later that same day, an Army Air Forces B-29 Super fortress dropped the second atomic bomb on Japan, this time on the seaport city of Nagasaki on the southern island of Kyushu. The shock of these bombings combined with that of the hundreds of fire bombings of Japanese cities by the U.S. Army Air Forces, caused Emperor Hirohito himself to intervene. He ordered the “Big Six” to accept the terms for ending the war that the Allied powers of World War II had announced in the Potsdam Declaration, made at the Potsdam Conference in Germany in July 1945.

These were dark days for the world.  Millions of people died.  During the Civil War 1.6 million husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents died in our own country.  Never has there been a darker time for our country.  Duplicated in Europe 60 years later.  Heads of State surrendered from the devastation and losses in their country.  White flags of surrender were waved on behalf of their whole country.  I cannot imagine what state of mind you would be in to have NO hope and be willing to surrender your whole country from force.  The “Kings” above were forced to surrender because they were defeated.

The scriptures speak of a time to come when “Kings” will surrender their crowns in obedience and honor.  What will this be like when they surrender out of obedience and honor?

This day is coming!

Kings will surrender their crowns.  They will surrender their crowns when Jesus returns.  When they hear the sound of THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES, they will reach up and remove their crowns surrendering them to the KING.

Hear the words of Paul:

Philippians:

2:5-11 – Let Christ himself be your example as to what your attitude should be. For he, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to his prerogatives as God’s equal, but stripped himself of all privilege by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born as mortal man. And, having become man, he humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience, even to the extent of dying, and the death he died was the death of a common criminal. That is why God has now lifted him so high, and has given him the name beyond all names, so that at the name of Jesus “every knee shall bow”, whether in Heaven or earth or under the earth. And that is why, in the end, “every tongue shall confess” that Jesus Christ” is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Hear the words of Jesus:

Luke

19:29-31 – Then as he was approaching Bethpage and Bethany, near the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent off two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the village just ahead of you, and there you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here. And if anybody asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘the Lord needs it.'”

19:32-38 – So the messengers went off and found things just as he had told them. In fact, as they were untying the colt, the owners did say, “Why are you untying it?” and they replied, “The Lord needs it.” So they brought it to Jesus and, throwing their cloaks upon it, mounted Jesus on its back. Then as he rode along, people spread out their coats on the roadway. And as he approached the city, where the road slopes down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of his disciples shouted praises to God for all the marvelous things that they had seen him do. “‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!'” they cried. “There is peace in Heaven and glory on high!”

19:39 – There were some Pharisees in the crowd who said to Jesus, “Master, restrain your disciples!”

19:40 – To which he replied, “I tell you that if they kept quiet, the very stones in the road would burst out cheering!”

The Pharisees tried to silence those who shouted his name as he entered Jerusalem before his arrest and crucifixion.  “The stones will burst out cheering”.  What a day it will be when the whole universe bursts out cheering the name of Jesus.

We All Bow Down

For us, we wear the crown of our soul.  Forty years ago I reached up and surrendered the crown of my soul.  I bowed my knee.  My tongue confessed.  Jesus is the Christ and Lord of my soul.  I have never been the same.  I still get cold chills thinking of that day.  I was lost but Jesus saved me and I willingly surrendered my soul to him.

Will you surrender your crown?