D-Day (Operation Overlord)
D-Day (Operation Overlord)
By Robert Johnson (edited)
This past Thursday, June 6th, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the decisive battle for the War in Europe. During that night, an armada of ships and over 150,000 soldiers crossed the channel from Great Britain to Normandy. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history, requiring extensive planning. By daybreak, 18,000 British and American parachutists were already on the ground. At 6:30 A.M., American troops came ashore at Utah and Omaha beaches.
At Omaha beach, the US First Division battled high seas, mist, mines, burning vehicles, and German coastal batteries, including an elite infantry division, which discharged heavy fire. Many wounded Americans ultimately drowned in the high tide. British divisions, which landed at Gold and Sword beaches, and Canadian troops, landing at Juno beach, also met with heavy German fire, but by the end of the day they were able to push inland. By the end of June, 1944, about a million Allied troops had reached France.
The price of liberty was high, not just on D-Day, but throughout the War. World War II took more lives and caused more destruction than any other war. What a great sacrifice was made for the sake of liberty and freedom! We should never forget those who offered themselves for liberty for us. Sometimes the passage of time lessens the importance of such sacrifices to some, but its magnitude is not diminished.
So it is for us spiritually, with the sin that condemns us, and the price paid for our eternal liberation. No suffering compares with that which the Son of God endured on behalf of all humanity, for all time. Even though He was the Son of God, He freely offered Himself; “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7). He did not suffer for Himself, but for us; “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians. 5:21). The benefits of the cross reach backward and forward, still offering forgiveness today; “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified” (Hebrews. 10:14).
Never let the passage of time lessen the importance, the meaning, or the love Christ demonstrated for us in His death. Always cherish His sacrifice for our freedom from sin, shown in how we live for Him each day. Never let the truth of the gospel go untold to those you know and love, for it is the hope of spiritual liberty for each generation.
Thank you Robert.