From D-Day to V-Day

We live between D-Day and V-Day. I remember studying that assessment of our Christian existence by theologian Oscar Cullman when I was in seminary. I didn’t really understand it then, both because I wasn’t that familiar with the military history of World War II and because I didn’t have a grasp of the warfare that comes in living the Christian life. I understand both a little better now.
Cuhlman’s point was surely more familiar to those of his generation who lived the agony, and the victory, of a world war. But with the 66th anniversary of the famous Normandy invasion coming up this Sunday, I was reminded of the truth he stated all the more.
For those who are “historically challenged,” let me refresh your memory a bit. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the largest amphibious invasion in human history on the northern coast of German occupied France. It was one of the bloodiest battles ever for the Allied forces, with tens of thousands killed and injured For our generation, the horrific realities of that battle were brought to life in the opening scenes of the movie Saving Private Ryan.
More than anything, D-Day marked the turning point of the European war against Hitler’s forces. In fact, many considered D-Day “where the war was won.” The problem was, it took another 337 days of fighting, and thousands more lives lost, before Germany finally surrended on May 7, 1945. The next day, May 8, was declared V-E Day, to celebrate the victory in Europe.
What’s the point for us as Christians? Jesus Christ “decided” our final outcome 2,000 years ago on the cross. That victory is assured, and secured for us, because of His sacrifice on that “D-Day” at Calvary. Yet, we still must face our share of spiritual battles–many of which we lose–as we await V-Day, when our Lord will return and receive us into Himself, forever to live in His peace.
So, hang in there as you faithfully “fight the good fight.” We already know the outcome, even if sometimes the battle gets fierce. We win!
I hope to see you Sunday as we celebrate that victory together.
–Pastor Ken