Victory or Death

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This past weekend Pilot and I were at Washington-on-the-Brazos in Texas to celebrate the 180th anniversary of Texas Independence.

In this brief history lesson, I’d like to draw parallels between the Texas fight for independence in 1836, and our fight for spiritual independence today.

I believe most are familiar with the Texas Revolution that began with the battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. For those who might like a refresher, here are some of the particulars.

  • On February 23, 1836 General Antonio López de Santa Anna and his army arrived at San Antonio to put down the frontier rebellion. The Texian rebels withdrew across the San Antonio River into the safety of the old fortified mission known as the Alamo.

  • Santa Anna raised the red flag indicating no quarter would be given to those inside the mission. Alamo commander William Barret Travis began writing desperate pleas for help, including the famous “Victory or Death” letter sent out on February 24.

  • While the Alamo was under siege, the provisional Texas government organized at Washington-on-the-Brazos. On March 2, the convention declared independence and the Republic of Texas was born.

courtesy wob state historical park

  • While they were unaware Texas had declared independence, the roughly 200 Alamo defenders stayed at their post waiting on help from the settlements. The defenders ranged in age, background and occupation.

  • The final attack came before dawn on March 6, 1836. As Mexican troops charged toward the Alamo in the pre-dawn darkness, defenders rushed to the walls and fired.

courtesy pixabay

  • Mexican soldiers breached the north wall and flooded into the compound. The fierce battle centered on the old church, where defenders made a last stand. The battle lasted about 90 minutes.

Now, for the parallels.

  • Satan and his minions stand posed to strike and do battle against all who claim their independence from sin through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.

 

  • The father of all lies waves his flag in front of us claiming he will take no prisoners. All will die. In our defense, Jesus wrote his love letter with his own blood. Victory would come through his death.

 

  • While we were yet sinners, held captive behind walls of our own making, our independence from sin was arranged between the Righteous Judge, God, and our Mediator, Jesus, for people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

  • The final attack is yet to come. Satan and his army will surge forward in battle, but unlike the defenders of the Alamo, Our Defender, will not fail.

 

  • Those who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior need not fear breached walls. Our foundation is firm and sure. In the blink of an eye, Christ will return.

 

  • Our victory is in Jesus!

Amen and amen. Come Lord Jesus, come.

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But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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