As allied troops poured on to the beaches at Normandy, on 6 June 1944, the course of the war was taking a decisive turn. The evil tyrant Hitler, who’s military and power-crazed ambitions left a scar on so many countries across Europe, was beginning to lose grip. He would fight on until the inevitable end, taking around 7 million of his own people with him to his ultimate fate.
We admire the courage, resilience and determination of the allied servicemen and women of 70 years ago who sacrificed so much, even life itself, so that we might have the freedoms that we often take for granted. We salute their memory.
Every day, as the allied troops cemented their positions in Normandy, the slow realization of their inevitable defeat must have gripped the strategists of German High Command. How could they ever counter the massive Russian Armies from the East and the combined might of America and Britain and her empire, with their allies from the West and South? The doom of their system, the Third Reich, with its hands stained with the blood of millions, was sealed.
As a Christian, when I think of this evil tyrant and the fear he brought, my mind turns to another tyrant, whose system of evil is more widespread and whose propaganda machine is second to none. Yes, I’m speaking about a personal Devil, Satan.
He is very much alive. The Bible, God’s word describes him as the ” the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience..” (Ephesians 2:2). Just as Hitler gripped the masses in fear and lulled others into a false sense of security, so does Satan. Hebrews says that he holds the power of death and that people are subject to its fear (Hebrews 2:14-15). John pictures him as having the whole world lulled to sleep on his lap (1 John 5:19), falsely secure. He is the implacable enemy of God and of good.
Thankfully, just as D-Day was the first stepping stone to the triumph over Hitler. There was a Deliverer and another D-Day which will be hated by Satan eternally. Speaking about the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible states:
” Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.”
The Deliverer was Christ Jesus, he came to save us from our sins and from the power of Satan. To take away the fear of death from us forever.
To do this he took to himself true humanity. He was bornin Bethlehem as prophecied hundreds of years previous to the event; to a virgin mother, as was predicted seven hundred years before it happened and he died just as King David described one thousand years preceding his coming. This was the D-Day that is most important. Truly it was a “day of days” (D-day).
When he died on the cross, and rose again from the tomb, he forever broke the chains of sin, death and Satan, from those who will put their trust in Him. His triumph is what gives true Christians hope in the face of death and suffering. Do you have this certain hope? Or are you living with the fear of death a constant reality?
You don’t need to – Someone else has won the victory for you. You can turn from your own ideas about God and turn from your sins to trust in Him completely as he has won the decisive victory.
Just as the end became inevitable for Hitler, post D-Day. So the end of Satan is assured after the Cross. His kingdom will not stand forever. The decisive Battle has been fought and won by Christ.
Which begs the question – on who’s side are you on? Christ’s or Satan’s? The Lord is offering a place on His side. But you must acknowledge that you have been in the wrong about Him and place your trust alone in him to see you through. I switched sides on the 30 August 2000. I recommend my Lord and Saviour to you.
“He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:25-26)
All Bible Quotations are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible in this post.