Yesterday was ANZAC Day, a day when we remember those who have served this country.
It is quite easy to go through our busy lives and not stop to think about the amazing sacrifice that soldiers in our defence forces have made. These men and women put their lives on the line and many have been injured and some didn’t get to go home. They didn’t get to grow old with the love of their life. They didn’t get to see their children grow up. They died. For us.
It is important that we remember our fallen soldiers. We should also appreciate soldiers who made it through the wars but still took that risk. You don’t get any braver than that! We would not have many of our freedoms and privileges if it was not for these courageous people.
In a similar way, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us. However, Jesus didn’t just die so we could be free during our time on Earth. Jesus died so that we could have freedom from death itself. The Bible states that the “wages of sin is death”. A guy by the name of John wrote “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus wants to be your friend. He also wants to be your Saviour and Lord.
When contemplating ANZAC Day, let the sacrifice of our military heroes be a reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Remember that Jesus’ gift is not automatic. You have to accept it. If you have not accepted Jesus’ gift of salvation then don’t waste another precious minute. Give your life to Him this instant and acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. It will be the best decision you ever made.
-Simon Hutton, Chaplain