Recently I took my family to the Air and Space Museum in Northern Virginia. The experience is always fascinating. My kids enjoyed watching all these cool aircrafts and learning about them.

While we were there, we met up with a family friend of ours. The husband invited me to watch the movie D-Day the Invasion of Normandy in the theater there. The remarkable thing about the invasion was the fact that it was planned way in advance but they were waiting for the perfect time to be able to execute the mission.

On that day, the allied forces knew what they were doing but Adolph Hitler with the German forces were caught by surprise. Tuesday, June 6, 1944 marked the beginning of the liberation of the German occupied region in northwestern Europe.

This movie reminded me of another day that we as Christians can call D-Day. I would love to consider good Friday as D-Day. Because this day marked the beginning of a spiritual battle that was planned way before our time and it was designed not to fight a physical enemy but a spiritual enemy. This was by far the most difficult day for Jesus Christ. This was the day where he would be separated from his father God to then go into the kingdom of darkness and conquer the battle in order for us to be liberated from sin.

In Luke 22: 42, Jesus said, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” The Bible tells us that Christ’s stress level was so high on this day that blood was coming out of his pores.

Jesus Christ was arrested on D-Day. He was betrayed by his own people, he was brutally beaten, spit on and he had to carry the cross. The final moment of Christ had arrived as He was nailed on the cross and placed in the middle of two criminals.

In Luke 23: 39-43, the Bible says, “One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

One of the criminals recognized that his punishment was more deserved than Christ who was innocent. More importantly he recognized the Lordship of Christ. On that day his life received a new destination. Good Friday was the day of liberation for this one criminal, the day of his salvation. It’s all because he believed in Jesus Christ.

I would like to encourage everyone of us not to wait—your D-Day may be today. The day for you to recognize who Jesus Christ is and to believe in him. Make this a D-Day for you, the day of your liberation from sin, and the beginning of a new life as a new creation here on earth.

D-Day is just the beginning but remember that with Christ you are more than a conqueror. Happy Resurrection Sunday!

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Erick Kalenga is pastor of His Village church in Culpeper.

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