Sunday marks 100 years since the end of the first world war. A war where so many young men needlessly lost their lives. It is only right that we should remember their sacrifice, which in so many ways has helped to shape the world in which we now live, and the freedom that we so easily take for granted.
As a Christian however, I can’t but help reflecting on the fact that we worship a God who also paid the ultimate price when he died so cruelly on a cross. His death has shaped the world and brought for us freedom in a way that no other death could, because death could not hold him. He defeated death once and for all when he was raised from the dead, offering freedom and eternal life to whosoever put their trust in him.
It is also important to remember the sacrifices that Christians have made over the past two thousand years that has meant that the Gospel has been passed down to us. Many of them like Jim Elliot, who shortly before he was martyred penned these words. “It is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose.”
As we remember those who gave so much, and to whom we owe so much, let us also consider the fact that Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow him, so that we too can make a difference in our generation.