It is 14th November 2018, just three days after the Remembrance Sunday where we promise not to forget the loss of lives in the 1914-18 and other wars.
I am woken by Radio 3:
“The headlines today …
- Half of the nation of Yemen is on the verge of starvation due to war.
- Melania Trump is upset at where she sat on an aircraft.
And now some Mozart.”
Unusually I have noticed the incongruity and am prompted to draw attention to it in a blog post. Normally, like you, I would just get on with my day, not sparing another thought to the fact that half of a nation is on the verge of starvation.
It seems that the poppies have already been trampled in the dirt.
How can any of us claim to be without sin? Isn’t the correct response to our hard-heartedness that we humbly admit that we are grossly selfish and undeserving?
Yet despite this, we are still given the opportunity to live purposeful lives. We believe there is some purpose in life, and in death; we have just remembered millions of deaths. And if there is eternal life we want part of it.
On that day when we die and are asked whether we have led a good enough life to deserve heaven, none of us can say yes. None of us. Yet heaven will be full. It will be full because of the person who we celebrate on another day of remembrance – Christmas Day.
Jesus Christ, son of God, crucified. A single act in history which allows anyone who in their hearts wishes for it to repent and receive forgiveness. Our active and passive selfish, greedy, hard-hearted and unloving actions deserve death, but we are allowed eternal life because of that one great sacrifice made on our behalf. It is our choice – death, or humble acceptance of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross and life. To trample the cross, or to embrace it.