For they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. Isaiah 19:20
On the morning of June 6, 1944, 160,000 troops landed on the heavily fortified beaches of France. It was the invasion that marked the beginning of the end of the Nazi reign in Europe. The French had lived under Nazi occupation for four years, and even though this invasion would cost them desperately in lives and property, they welcomed it. In D-Day Through French Eyes, Mary Louise Roberts quotes a young member of the French Resistance.
On the sixth of June around 5 a.m., I am awakened by an enormous boom, a sort of cannon firing without end – a ceaseless storm….they are arriving!…Our humiliation was coming to an end. Yes, it was the most beautiful day of my life. The prisoners, the rations, the sirens, the bombs, the Gestapo, Hitler and his team of gangsters…order was going to be rapidly restored.
In spite of the invasion’s success, it would be almost a full year before Germany’s surrender, a year of more fighting, more suffering, more death. But with the invasion on D-Day, the world knew victory would come. The tide had turned.
In some ways, Christmas is like D-Day. For all the sweet peace and quietness we imagine, it was, in reality, a bold invasion of enemy territory, territory Satan had held since the fall of man. Luke tells us when the message of the invasion was first delivered. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: (Luke 2:13). Because of the carols and the paintings and the pageants, we read “hosts” as “choir”. The Greek word for hosts is stratia, an army. The birth of Jesus began the invasion to establish the kingdom under the rule of its rightful King. It wasn’t the end of the war, but the end is fully in sight.
It wasn’t long before the fighting intensified. Within weeks, innocent infants were slaughtered. Believers have been martyred for hundreds of years. Another eyewitness to Normandy said, “I will never forget seeing this soldier who died for us, who had come on our soil, in Normandy, to fight for the lives of others and paid for it with his life.”
But Jesus assured us the war has been won.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
The enemy will be humiliated. The mission accomplished. The King will reign. It’s only a matter of time.
And it all begins with Christmas.