11th November 2018

When the Battle’s Over 

“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’”
Revelation 11:15 (NKJV)

When the armistice was declared in November,1918 about 11 million soldiers (from all sides) and 9 million civilians had lost their lives in the Great War, subsequently called the First World War.

It was HG Wells who felt that the First World War would be the “war to end all wars”. It would have been wonderful had it been so. Since Wells coined the phrase, there have been well over 120 major conflicts or wars, including World War II.

Two of the main protagonists of World War I, Germany and Great Britain, claimed to be Christian nations, and in their churches prayers for deliverance were made to God week after week throughout the hostilities. Their kings, Kaiser Wilhelm II and George V respectively, were first cousins. It seems that devotion to God and/or royal family connections made little difference, if any.

What or who will make a difference to wars and rumours of war? Biblically speaking it’s Jesus Christ. While we await his return, let’s live peacefully one with another. And, of course, we pause on this Remembrance Sunday to reflect soberly on the deaths of others, soldiers and civilians alike who were killed in terrible warfare.

Today, as we listen to the pipes from many countries play When the Battle’s Over and hear the mournful bugles sound out the Last Post, let’s remember Jesus, whose triumphant return will herald the end of war forever.

Prayer
Great Father, we look forward to celebrating the return of your Son, Jesus, who died not just for us but also for the whole world. He truly is the only hope of the dead. In Jesus
name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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