Many Japanese soldiers and officers refused to accept the surrender of Japan to the allied forces. Some committed Hari-Kari or suicide while others tried to prevent the surrender of Japan. The night before the Emperor was to make his radio broadcast announcing the surrender of Japan some of his imperial guards tried to seize the message and prevent the broadcast. With over 3,000,000 Japanese soldiers overseas and many on isolated islands, many died refusing to accept the surrender and died still fighting or holding out even though they knew the war was over. Those events remind me of something in the Bible. The battle was won and victory was declared at the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave at sunrise a little over 2,000 years ago, (Romans 1:3&4). The victory is that Jesus Christ gave His life or shed His blood and provided a way for our sins to be forgiven, (John 3:16, Romans 5:8). To be at peace with God there is one condition, we must be willing to acknowledge who Jesus Christ is and what He has done, (Romans 5:1). Then we must surrender to Him or call upon Him to save us, (Romans 3:22-26, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Many people in this world even though they know what He did refuse to acknowledge Him or surrender their lives to Him. They will die in there sins and be forever cut off or separated from God, (Romans 1:18-21). See you in Church next Sunday.