As a country, we recently remembered the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. The memory lives on as a time of huge sacrifice to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation.
On the 6th June 1944 and during the long summer that followed, men from all over the world came to fight in Normandy to defeat the Nazis and re-establish freedom across Europe. This was the first step in the liberation of Europe with pivotal battles that followed that forged the road to victory.
D-Day was the culmination of years of planning and preparation. Winston Churchill, the British PM, described it as “the greatest thing we have ever attempted”.
Many lives were lost in fighting for our freedom. Men and women taking a stand against tyranny. We live today, so many years down the track, in the victory that these courageous men and women fought so bravely for. May we never forget!
Another moment in history, about 2000 years ago, changed our lives forever. The greatest thing ever - Jesus Christ came to earth and paid the penalty for our sins. He willingly sacrificed His own life so that you and I can enjoy the victory that was won.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV)
Jesus’ last words before He died were ‘It is finished’. These words have echoed down through the generations since…victory!! We celebrate that victory every day. It is as real today as it was when the victory was won back on the cross. Nothing can take that victory away.
May we live our lives in the victory we already have, in Jesus Christ. That we would yearn for a life full of meaning and purpose, joy and peace, and love and kindness. May we make the victory that Jesus bought with His own life count.