November 14th 2010

Remembrance Sunday

“…Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
Isaiah 2:4 (NKJV)

Today is Remembrance Sunday. Royalty, government, religious leaders, and representatives of the forces will be gathering at The Cenotaph.  At 11 a.m. there will be a two minute silence to remember the millions who have died in war: at least 50 million in the First World War, maybe 70 million in the Second. The first two-minute silence was held on Armistice Day, 11th November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence.  He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”. In 1939, the two-minute silence was moved to the Sunday nearest to 11th November. After the war most Armistice Day events were moved to the nearest Sunday and began to commemorate both World Wars.

And so today we remember all those very young people, whose lives were cut short, the families who lost sons and daughters, the wives who lost husbands, the children who lost their fathers.
But we remember too that it was the Father who willingly gave us his Son, Jesus Christ, the Captain of our salvation, who in his short life lived and died for us so that we might have life.

We remember all those who fought and died for the freedom we enjoy today.
And we remember that it was Christ who won for us the true and eternal freedom we have in him today.

We remember that it only took a few people with power, driven by human pride and lust and hatred, to draw millions into conflict, terror, loss and death.
And we remember that it only took One Man, Jesus Christ, to rescue all of us, who have within us those same destructive motivations and drives.

We think of the endless lines of white crosses in the tended graveyards of Flanders; the bodies buried in the Blitz and fire-stormed dead of Dresden; farther east, the lost ashes of the millions gassed and exterminated; the scattered atoms of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the bones of the thousands who lie in unmarked graves on the oceans’ floors.
And we remember than none are lost, none are forgotten and that in Christ all, friend and foe alike, can meet in reconciliation and communion and everlasting life.

And we give thanks to the Father that in Jesus death is swallowed up in victory and one day he will wipe away all the tears from our eyes, when there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying and there shall be no more pain; and nation will not lift up sword against nation neither we will learn war any more.  (From 1 Corinthians 15:54, Revelation 21:4 and Isaiah 2:4)

Study by Hilary Buck 

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