On November 11th, 1918 fighting in World War 1 came to an end, following the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany, that called for a ceasefire effective at 11am. It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The terms of the agreement included the immediate withdrawal from enemy territories, disarmament and demobilization of the German military, and the release of the Allied prisoners.
It was a momentous day in history, the end of the Great War, which was described as the war to end all wars. Within 20 years the world was on the brink of another world war.
Today we remember all those who gave their lives in conflict. In these wars and conflicts, many have sacrificed their lives so that others could have freedom.
So often we forget the sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus, 2000 years ago, so that we could have freedom. Freedom from sin, and no longer be in conflict with God the father. It meant we could have a relationship with Jesus. As we stand in silence today, to remember those brave men and women, let us also remember the sacrifice on a cross for the love of you and me.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself as a fragrant sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2