November 15th 2010

Another Special Hero

“There is no greater love than this—that a man should lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13 (Phillips Translation)

On the 14th of November we all remembered our war dead, those who over the years and in all kinds of places in the world put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others. Paying the ultimate penalty, offering up and giving all they had for the sake of peace and freedom.

About a week before Remembrance Day I received a letter from the Royal British Legion which began: “The word ‘hero’ is used so often nowadays it’s easy to forget what it really means. I see a real hero as someone who would give their life to help others. Someone who would never flinch from doing their duty; someone prepared to lay down their life for peace and freedom.” And I breathed a sincere amen to that!

It’s interesting that we remember our fallen heroes by wearing a blood red poppy, displaying it with pride. But there’s another hero who is remembered by a sip of blood red wine and a morsel of bread.

Here is someone else who put Himself in harm’s way, this time for all humanity. He also paid the full price, and His purpose was to reconcile us with God—to take away all that separated us from Him and to bring about a new relationship allowing us to become His sons and daughters.

The Apostle Paul tells us this, “For it pleased God that all His perfection should dwell in Christ, and that through Christ, God should bring back into friendship with Himself all things in heaven or on earth, making peace by the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20 NT in Plain English).

An ancient king called Croesus once said, “Peace is better than war, because in peace sons bury their fathers, while in war fathers bury their sons.” And we might also add daughters to that.

While our heroes who still lie in foreign fields, or here in military cemeteries, still await a resurrection, the One who died for everyone is alive today and drawing all men to Himself. “Therefore He is able also to save for ever and ever those who come to God through him, since he is always alive, to offer prayers for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 NT in Plain English).

Thank you, Lord, for your awesome courage and dedication in laying down your life to reconcile us all to our Father in heaven who receives every one of us with great love and overwhelming joy.

Study by Cliff Neill 

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