For our mid-week meditation this week sharing my post from our Church’s ‘Peace in the Storm’ Series:
‘On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we shall remember them’
We remember those who gave their lives in both World Wars, and the many others who have given their lives in conflicts since 1945. We remember those who loved and lost, those who fought and died, those who returned in body, but not in mind, those who came back and who still bear the scars and still suffer the nightmares, those who cannot forget; those who carry their scars beneath their medals and ofcourse those still serving, still sacrificing.
There was another one, another man who also served & sacrificed and bears scars, He has been called by some as ‘the Man of Sorrows’. The scars He bears are the scars left by our sin, the scars when He took our punishment upon Himself, the scars of injustice, the scars of greater wars, the scars of friends who betrayed, the scars of humanity, sickness and conflict.
Jesus the Man of Sorrows, bears our scars, you can see the nail prints on His hands and feet, you can see where the sword pierced His side, those scars of love are still visiible, for it was love for us which held Him to that cross, it was love for us that caused Him to suffer for us, that we may have peace, and reconciliation with God. Once we were at enmity with God, but through Jesus we have peace with Him.
So, today as we remember those who gave, those who suffered that we may live in a country in a time of relative peace, may we be grateful, may we honour those men and women in our two-minute silence. And may we also remember that Man of Sorrows and the scars He bore for us, the One who gave and forgave and honour Him with our lives.