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I sit here in my office in Bellbrook, OH amazed and grateful as I consider the enormous sacrifice that men of the Allied Forces gave on that fateful day 70 years ago on the beaches of Normandy. No one doubts (save maybe a few) the importance of that landing in those days. We can read story after story outlining in brutal detail the gruesome task of taking the various beaches in France and the long, costly march to Berlin where victory was not inevitable but came nonetheless. We exist as free men and women today because of God's kind and restraining grace through the heroic and selfless acts of myriads of men and women from a number of countries.

A wonderful writer, blogger, and good friend speaks of the joy of the resurrection in a compelling way as he says: "The Old Testament foretold of this joy, the birth of Christ announced this joy, Holy Week seemed to extinguish this joy, but the resurrection of Christ is the point in history when the unassailable torch of God's joy emerged from the sea of foaming rebel hostility, rose up and lit the summit of an Olympic torch of joy that will burn for all eternity" -Tony Reinke, Desiring God Ministries.

Good Friday. A day of utter darkness as Jesus, the Son of God, hangs on a cruel instrument of torture and execution, taking on himself the just penalty for our sins. In our place condemned he stood. A day of darkness, yes...but a day of hope for all those who place their trust in him. "In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10 ESV)

On Maundy Thursday we consider a wealth of Jesus' teaching to his disciples (John 13:1-17:26), the details of the Last Supper (Matthew 26:20""30; Mark 14:17""26; Luke 22:14""20), the Garden of Gethsamane (John 18; Mark 14:32), Judas' betrayal of our Lord (John 18:2), and the beginning of the proceedings that lead to Good Friday (John 18:12). Take time to watch Crossway's video on "The Final Days of Jesus: Thursday" as you continue to contemplate the most important days of the most important person in history.

Crossway's video on "The Final Days of Jesus: Wednesday."

Crossway has put together some wonderful videos helping each of us understand what took place on the days between Palm Sunday and Easter. Be sure to watch each day this week!