It grabbed me. Like a light shining in the dark, it was highlighted. Like a rock in my path that I couldn’t just quickly step over or around.
What was it?
It was the verse of the day from my Bible app. What was the verse?
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
In New Zealand (& Australia), April 25 is known as ANZAC Day. It’s the day we remember all our men and women who have been or are a part of our Defense Force. You would probably struggle to find a New Zealander who didn’t have a grandparent/great grandparent/uncle/father/any other ancestor fight in either WW1 or WW2.
ANZAC Day is April 25 because back in 1915, it is the day where the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC’s) first landed at Gallipoli, Turkey. It was to be the place where we had one of our greatest losses of lives in the entire war. In fact my sister gives a good run down of it in her blog here.
What drew my attention to that particular verse, was that we had just come home from attending the Dawn Parade (a ceremony of commemoration), where it was all about remembering those that gave their lives so that we could live in the freedom we have in our countries today.
The soldiers who fought in the first & second World Wars (& other wars since) didn’t know if they’d be coming home but they went overseas, potentially giving up their lives for those back in their home countries.
I believe this gives us a picture of what Jesus did on the cross. He lay down His life in order for us to live in the freedom we can have when we choose to live in Him.
And a day late I know, but for Musical Monday this week, I’ve chosen to share The Last Post. It’s a bugle call to honour all fallen soldiers.