As we come to Anzac Day, it’s impossible to avoid speaking of death.
As we remember the heroism of those who served, we never forget the many who gave their lives to protect our way of life.
Yet even as we honour their sacrifice, we must never glorify death.
Death is our greatest enemy, no matter how much we try to conquer it ourselves.
It brings us sadness and pain, even when it comes with valour.
Even Jesus wept as he stood at the grave of his friend.
And this is why Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life in order to conquer death.
And because of Jesus’ death for us, the Bible cries out, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1Corinthians 15:55)
As we remember those who gave their life for our nation, let us pray to the man who gave his life for the world.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Lest we forget.
This weekend Graham Errington will be speaking on the topic ‘No Answer’ from Luke chapter 23 verses 1 to 12.
We will also be taking the time to pray in response to the events of Anzac Day.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a prayerbook service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.