As I write this, it is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. I have great interest in this as a student of military history. But this is not my Second World War blog, so why am I talking about this here?
I actually find a helpful image in this for understanding the kingdom of God. The kingdom is one of the most confusing subjects. Jesus equated the gospel with the coming of the kingdom, so we should try and understand it.
When did/will the kingdom of God come? At the start of Jesus’ ministry? At the cross? At his second coming?
That is where the Second World War comes in. Before D-Day, the Allies had been fighting the Germans, in Africa, Italy and the Eastern Front. However, the D-Day landings in 1944 really sealed the fate of the Germans. In many ways, their loss at Normandy was the loss of the war. But it was not until V-E Day in 1945 that war was finally over.
This helps us to understand the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God appeared in the earthly ministry of Jesus. Every healing and miracle was part of the advance of the kingdom. However, it was at the cross and the resurrection that the kingdom dealt its death blow to the powers of darkness. The war had been won. Still, darkness and evil continue their fight, hopeless at it is. The conflict will finally be over when Jesus returns and brings the kingdom in its fullness.
In many ways, we live between D-Day and V-E Day. Although Jesus has won, there are still casualties in the spiritual conflict. The final victory awaits.
The analogy is not perfect but I think it is helpful. The kingdom of God is here and its victory is assured but we still await the fulness.
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