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A Day That Will Live in Infamy

Until Tuesday, September 11, the bloodiest day in U.S. history was Sept. 17, 1862, when about 4,700 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War battle of Antietam. The first day of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, killed 1,465.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor which brought America into World War II. President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, and declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

The Japanese began the war with America on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 just before 8:00 AM, Hawaii time. A swarm of 360 warplanes bearing the red symbol of Japan’s Rising Sun on their wings attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet. 18 battle ships were sunk or destroyed. 200 airplanes were put out of commission. 3,581 servicemen were either killed or wounded. Thus, America’s war cry as she entered World War II was this motto: “Remember Pearl Harbor”.  Japan’s losses that day were minimal: only 30 planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than 100 men. 

The war, however, had only just begun.  Who would stand as the victor when the fighting stopped? Six months after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the three giant aircraft carriers of the Pacific fleet, which had fortunately been out at sea on training maneuvers, reversed the tide of the war with a spectacular victory against Japan at the Battle of Midway. Then nearly four years after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on the island of Japan. The first was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and then three days later a second was dropped on Nagasaki. More than 100,000 Japanese were killed by these powerful atomic bombs and Japan soon surrendered. The United States of America endured the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor and nearly four years of war standing victorious when the fighting stopped.  (Copied).

Christ followers are well aware of a major attack that was extremely bloody and was launched against One that was guilty of no wrong.  Satan had been an insurgent since the Garden of Eden in terroristic attacks against mankind.  Man was rarely successful in his preparation to overcome such assaults.  When Jesus came to earth and began His earthly ministry, the devil attacked Jesus in the wilderness. For forty days and nights, the devil hit Jesus with all of hell’s furry, but Jesus would not falter.  In every way, Jesus was faced the onslaught of temptation and snares of Satan, yet He was victorious in every confrontation.  Finally, all of the fury of evil was hurled against Jesus as He made His way to Golgotha. On that hilltop outside Jerusalem, Satan knew He was doomed.  Jesus had gone there at the will of the Commander of Heaven and Earth, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.  He would take the worst that Satan had used as weapons through the ages.  He would take on Himself the wickedness that had created such sorrow in the Creation of God.  Jesus would submit to suffering, death, and burial.  But, when that Sunday morning came that followed the cross, the outcome was not mournful devastation, but glorious victory over man’s enemies, Satan and Death!  That is the greatest moment of victory in all of history for its results provided everlasting peace to all that are in the Lord’s Camp!  Hallelujah!  What a Savior!