This is the code for the famous invasion at Normandy, France (D-Day), June 6, 1944. The Memorial has been erected and can be seen in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford had the largest ratio of men killed in this battle throughout the entire nation. Bedford sent about 35 young men into the war, and 23 died during this invasion. Our family all went during our vacation many years ago. The atmosphere at this national memorial is solemn. Most of the attendants were silver haired and relished every square inch of the military shrine. What a blessing to simply observe these folks while they enjoyed the visit. This generation is rapidly passing from us, and I ask myself, “Would the young people today be willing to do what they did?” I know many would but with the great majority I have my doubts.
As Christians though, we are involved in a FAR GREATER BATTLE. It can be found in Ephesians 6:12. The battle lasts all of our lives. We can have the victory only after we are “born from above,” submit to Christ’s headship, trust and obey, and pray without ceasing. When the allies prepared to invade France, they selected the code name Overlord for obvious reasons. Webster’s dictionary defines “overlord” as “One who is lord over another; a feudal superior.” What a beautiful suggestion can be seen in Christ’s lordship over the believer. This is where our victory comes from—-as we submit ourselves to Jesus Christ. After D-Day, the allies experienced victory over the Third Reich in about ten months. As the believer submits to our “Overlord” however, we can have the victory today. Yes, I know the battle still rages…but the winner has already been determined in eternity past. It will come to actual fruition in a matter of simple time. God gives us this total assurance through our faith. “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.” Fanny J. Crosby Blessings……Pastor Steve