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D-Day and Sunday

by on June 11, 2014

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

Romans 5:7-8

This past week we had the opportunity to be reminded of the tremendous sacrifice made by fellow Americans who fought for freedom on the shores of Normandy. It is hard to imagine what it would be like for young men, many going into their first battle, to leave the ships and wade ashore with terrifying bullets, shells and mortars falling all around them. Many were the same age as the recent graduates we honored just last week at church, teenagers. These were Americans who were risking their lives to provide freedom for people on another continent, they sacrificed their lives for this great cause and so many never returned. We, as free people, will always owe a debt to them for their courage, bravery and sacrifice.

The Apostle Paul strikes a chord for all who consider this when he states, “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might dare to die” (Rom 5:7). Men have ‘dared’ to die to provide freedom from tyranny for other men and women. It was indeed a worthy cause to shatter the grip to tyranny in that war. The miracle of God’s love is that Christ died for people who were ‘sinners’, for you and me. Today some might think this term ‘sinners’ as trite, but we will never comprehend the vast gulf between ‘sinners’ and a perfect, holy and sinless God. Not only did he die for ‘sinners’ he carried the weight and penalty for all mankind on the cross, he died for each of us. We were subject to the tyranny of captivity to sin, the most terrifying captivity possible.

He did this for us not after we had worked our way back to him enough to cause him to do consider us somewhat worthy, but he did so when we were completely unworthy with no hope of ever meeting him part way. This is the ‘heart and soul’ of the message of the grace of God, “But God demonstrates his own love us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Rom 5:8). Every other ‘religion’ emphasizes the need to achieve, to work our way back to God. We preach the grace of God and Christ crucified for us.

Every year it is right that we should pause and remember the brave men who gave their all on June 6, 1944, they should not be forgotten. Likewise, it is so meaningful for us as the family of God to gather each Sunday to remember it was on the first day of the week, Sunday, that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, conquered sin and death, and opened the gates to true freedom and life for worthless and lost sinners.

 

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