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.
At most Remembrance Day services on November 11th, the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” will be read. Many cenotaphs are made in the form of a cross, reminding us of the many graves where our soldiers were laid to rest. In the European conflict of World War 2 our enemy, Germany, realized defeat when it signed an unconditional surrender at Allied Headquarters in Reims, France on May 7, 1945. This was to take effect the following day.
On Remembrance Day, when Christians gather with others around the cenotaph, we will be mindful of the many crosses in Flanders Fields and other gravesites where men and women sacrificed their lives for peace and freedom in the world. When believers look at the cross on November 11th they also will look back in history, past all the wars and conflicts to 2000 years ago where the greatest conflict in human history occurred outside of the city of Jerusalem upon a cross at Calvary.
In Japan and Europe the Allied Forces fought relentlessly to destroy their enemies, the Germans and the Japanese. At Calvary, God’s Son willingly gave up His life in order to save His enemies! Because of sin in our lives, the Bible teaches that all of mankind is at war with God. Sin has blinded our hearts to the truth and has separated us from a relationship with God. “Having their understanding darkened, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” (Ephesians 4:18) We are all born in this spiritual condition (of being at war with God), alienated from the life of God. “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works …” (Colossians 1:21) Not only are we alienated from God and enemies to God because of our sinful condition but on our own we are only capable of wicked works. On our own we have no ability to please God! “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:7,6)
Peace with God and eternal life can only be realized through the forgiveness of our sins – the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for all humanity upon that cross at Calvary. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified (made at peace and forgiven) by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 8:8-10)
The crosses represent soldiers fighting their enemies – The calvary cross represents Jesus Christ dying for his enemies!