Lest we forget

Lest we forget

During this special day Australians stop for a moment as a nation and remember those tragic events at Gallipoli in 1915. It is not a pleasant part of our history, nor was it glamorous. The general consensus seems to be, however, that this one event somehow defines us as a nation.

I must admit I have felt some disquiet about the recent controversy over the celebration of Anzac Day, especially the proposed centenary celebration in two years’ time. It’s our nation’s special day and should – must – be celebrated for the symbolism it represents. Our young nation has very few important, nation-building symbols and I feel that it is important it be observed. Take a moment on Anzac Day to reflect on the sacrifice of so many of our young people in many theatres of war; some are still serving today in troubled areas in several countries. Pray that they will return home in safety.

The Jewish people of the times when Jesus walked this earth had many powerful and meaningful symbols. At Easter time it is easy to gloss over the observance of the Passover. Jesus and his disciples met in the Upper Room to remember that momentous day in their history when they were delivered from slavery in Egypt. They took a spotless lamb and sacrificed it, applying the blood to the door frame of their home. The angel of death passed over and they were delivered from the bondage of slavery and gained their freedom.

On the cross of Calvary we see the spotless Lamb of God, sacrificed for our deliverance from slavery to sin, his blood poured out for our freedom from the guilt of sin. The Passover was to remember their freedom. Communion is our way of remembering Christ’s sacrifice until he comes.

Let us also be thankful for Anzac Day when we can remember our fallen soldiers, and pray for the safe return of our soldiers still serving on the fields of war.