This comment was made by Prime Minister Winston Churchill on 20 August 1940 during the Battle of Britain. Actually, the full quote is: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” In that memorable speech he applauded the Royal Air Force pilots whose sacrifice saved England from Hitler’s superior force.
Actually, I beg to differ with Mr. Churchill—not with the historical significance of his statement nor with the sentiment—but with the word “Never…” In truth, he is ignoring the Only One who is truly deserving of this statement—the Lord Jesus Christ.
Consider the statements made by another key historical figure—the Apostle Paul, writing his letter to the Romans. Notice that he was acknowledging the ultimate field of human conflict—sinners versus Holy God. Notice also the One Man who receives the Apostle Paul’s highest accolades:
Romans 5:10 “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
Romans 5:15 “For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.”
Romans 5:19 “For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”
Never, in the field of human conflict with God, was so much owed by ALL of mankind to the ONLY ONE whose sacrifice saved us from the once-superior force of sin and death. To our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, be the ultimate glory!