The National War Memorial – A Sacred Place

This week, the elders of Emmanuel Baptist Church would like to share with you this blog post written by Pastor Bill Morgan of Grace Baptist Church in Schreiber, Ontario.

The funeral service for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo last week at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Hamilton was very moving. All of the proceedings, beginning with the procession of the horse drawn carriage up to the entrance of the building and ending with the motorcade heading out to a private family burial, touched us all . I, for one, was glued to the wonderful coverage that I viewed on CBC. Every aspect of the church service was done with the greatest respect and I trust each Canadian viewer was proud of how we, as a nation, came together to pay tribute to one of our soldiers. It was truly heart-warming to view the emotions pouring out from the spectators being interviewed outside of the church and then to see our Prime Minister being overcome as he addressed Nathan’s four year old son.

In contemplating the events as a Christian, a couple of statements caught my attention. Prime Minister Harper stated: “Freedom isn’t necessarily free.”, and one of the commentators alluded to the National War Memorial as a sacred place. Believers recognize that God’s Son paid for our freedom with His life. The freedom that we Canadians presently enjoy is only temporary and could be lost at some point in time. The freedom that Christians enjoy is both permanent for this present life, but is also eternal! There is not a greater freedom than the freedom from God’s judgment upon our transgressions, which we all commit daily. God promises deliverance from punishment to all who trust their lives to Jesus Christ and what He did for us at Calvary. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

Concerning being set free from the guilt and punishment of our sins, God’s promises are: “Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on Him, If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31,32,36) As Canadians, Christians recognize, with their fellow citizens, that the National War Memorial is indeed a sacred place, but the most sacred place for a Christian – or what we might refer to as “The Holy of Holies” is a place called Calvary, a hill just outside Jerusalem where Jesus Christ secured for us eternal freedom, there on that middle cross!


Pastor Bill Morgan
Grace Baptist Church
Schreiber, Ontario