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 Freedom And Redemption

As long as men and women live on this earth, the images and ghosts of war can never be forgotten.  The scars of terror and trauma that brave soldiers endured are often seen in photographs neatly arranged on mantles and coffee tables: things that were almost unimaginable to those of us who have never seen war but continue to enjoy blood-bought freedom!

 

In our day with “real-time war,” raw twenty-four-hour “on-air” battlefield reporting, we are brought up short.  We realize, as never before, just how the price of freedom from seen and unseen enemies, and those bent on sin and evil, cuts to the heart.  War affects every one of us past, present and future.

 

As a younger generation, generally speaking, world war is something that we have never experienced. We are humbled and compelled to fall to our knees, silenced to all other thought but to pray for our dedicated men and women who are in the thick of battle today.  As they serve, they sacrifice all comforts to maintain our privilege of peace and freedom and to protect the world from
debauchery.  Indeed, we honour our Forces, the living and the dead, whose blood was spilled to give us liberty.

 

Yet, there is another Liberty that was won for us by One greater than all brave soldiers.  That One, as some of those same soldiers would agree, is the Lord Jesus Christ.  He, whose Holy Blood was poured out on our behalf, also willingly gave up His own will to restore us to Himself.  Jesus did this so that we could be free from sin for all eternity.  He demonstrated this sacrificial
Love even when we would not acknowledge Him as Saviour.

 

If Jesus had not stepped in to bridge the gap for sin—to provide us with the opportunity to receive spiritual redemption and reconciliation—we could never know lasting or eternal peace of any kind.  The soldiers we honour today could not redeem us from the sin that separates us from God or those sins that cause evil and deadly wars.  But they have, with God on their side, won earthly freedoms.  Only God offers the Gift of Life, and if we accept that gift, He grafts us into Himself.   And when we are grafted in, eternal peace and freedom are ours.
 

There is yet another host and another great cloud of witnesses, composed of those faithful martyrs who have died on the battlefield for their faith in Christ, martyrs who grace the halls of Heaven and whom we, as the Church, also honour.  These were the soldiers for the Kingdom of God, an army whose robes have been washed in the blood of the Lamb.  The many who have gone before us we honour by being, in turn, faithful.  We are not worthy of these great soldiers of the Cross.

 

Yes, a great debt has been paid.  When it comes to the model of sacrifice, you and I must first honour the Saviour, for He gave His all when He died in our place.  When we honour Him first, we can honestly and respectfully stand and honour our brave men and women as we ought.  We can do it with a deeper understanding of what they won on our behalf, for, in a sense, whether realized or not, they tried to follow His great example.

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Fish LogoIf we say that we have fellowship with Him

and yet walk in the darkness,

we lie and do not practice the truth;
but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves
and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:6-9 NASB)

 

Excerpt from The Treasure of His Company by Jan Howlett  

Pg 58-59 with permission.

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