10th November 2013

Remembrance Sunday

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29 (NKJV)

At eleven o’clock a field gun is fired on Horse Guards Parade to mark the beginning of  the two minutes silence of Remembrance Day, commemorating the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 when in Europe, the ‘war to end all wars’ officially ended and the killing stopped—for a moment.

And so we stand, remembering the fallen, the dead from the 1st World War to the boys and girls of today – so often no more than teenagers. It’s a silent requiem for all the victims of our lust, greed, hatred and ruthless disregard for each other. Over the years many have stood in personal loss and sorrow; it will be no different today.

But there will be another moment, after the last minute of the last day of the last year, past the end of our age, when all the dead will stand before a great white throne (Revelation 20:11-12). All the enemies of all the ages will be there: Genghis Khan, his armies and the millions they massacred; ruthless conquistadors standing beside Inca, and all the other land-grabbing invaders together with  the native opposition they eliminated; the forces of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao alongside the billions who were shot, bombed, gassed, starved and executed in the last century;  Pol Pot and the Cambodian Khmer Rouge, Rwandan Hutu striped of their machetes, along with all those who down the centuries have deliberately carried out genocide on their neighbours; terrorists and their victims, and generations of ordinary families whose grudges fuelled years of retaliation—all stand unarmed and helpless in the silence-inducing realisation that the one act of hatred that really matters was that which was perpetrated against the Son of God. For we will be confronted, friend and foe alike, with the  Lamb of God and all our outrages against each will surely seem irrelevant as we are compelled to stand in wordless awe at the towering love and sacrifice that has overwhelmed all our enmity and conquered all evil, even death itself.

Lamb of God who has taken away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Forgive our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us and grant us peace.

Study by Hilary Buck


hilarybuck1About the Author:
Hilary Buck attends Grace Communion in Lewes.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilarybucksbox@mypostoffice.co.uk

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