TURNING POINT! Those nations who were part of the allied alliance invasion of June 6, 1944, called D-Day, are marking the 75th anniversary of the day that a beachhead was established in France by the allied forces. Within a year the military might of the allies brought the war with Nazi Germany to a successful close. This invasion cost the allies dearly with thousands of their military personnel killed and tens of thousands wounded in a single day. They gave of their lives that the world might enjoy freedom from the Nazi tyranny. Today there are very few remaining survivors of that important day in history. The heroes are gone but because of them freedom lives on. We should not forget what they did in one of the most historic days and events in world history. That day certainly marked a turning point in the history of the world and the cost was extremely high.
There was another turning point in the history of the world that was even more historic in human history and it involved fewer people actually present at the time than were present for the D-Day event. This event did not involve thousands of deaths but rather a single death on a cross with the person guarded by soldiers who were to make sure he died. At the time probably the only person on earth who recognized the significance of this death was the person on the cross. He was probably also the only one who realized the actual turning point in history that was taking place and the freedom that His sacrifice would bring to the human race. As with D-Day celebrations Christians also celebrate this day and the third day following when Jesus arose from the grave and proclaimed victory over sin and death and brought a turning point to mankind so that we could enjoy spiritual freedom and eternal life. We thank God for the heroes of D-Day and the freedoms we now enjoy. But we also thank Jesus, God’s Son, our hero because “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed,” (John 8:36 NIV). Let us not squander the freedom the heroes of D-Day have given us by missing the spiritual freedom that Jesus offers.