Each November we remember those who have died in the service of their country, not only in the World Wars but in numerous conflicts since. It is right and fitting that we remember and honour those who died to save us from tyranny and oppression. It is also right that we remember and honour those who have died more recently protecting us from terrorism and violence. Because 11th November 1918 marked the end of the First World War, this date each year is set aside to remind us of the sacrifice that these men and women made for the sake of others. It gives us time to reflect and to give thanks for their selflessness in the face of suffering and death. We also give thanks that evil dictators have not triumphed in our land – and that despite many troubles and difficulties we generally enjoy a good degree of freedom and prosperity.
Thinking about this reminds me of someone else who died for the sake of others. Jesus Christ died for all who will acknowledge Him. He died to save us from evil and from the judgement that all our wrongdoing and rebellion against God deserves. Because Sunday marked Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, this day each week is set aside to remind us of the sacrifice which Jesus made for our sake. It gives us time to reflect and to give thanks for Jesus’ selflessness in the face of suffering and death. We give thanks that Jesus took the punishment that we deserve – dying in our place for all our sins. We also give thanks that by rising from the dead, Jesus triumphed over evil and death. So despite our troubles in this world, we can have a living relationship with God to help us through them – and we can look forward to everlasting life, joy and peace.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 (World English Bible)
Each Sunday, take time to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection and reflect on what it means for you. You can do this at home or with others in any of the churches in the village.