There is a strange tension in the way that our world relates to both Easter and Anzac Day
Anzac Day quite rightly asks us to pause and remember the sacrifice of our forefathers who went to battle and in many cases never returned. They fought for the freedoms that we now enjoy and willingly laid down their lives to keep the enemy at bay. It is a good thing that our society protects and honours our Anzacs.
Easter asks us to pause and remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus who went into battle to deal with our rebellion and returned to confirm that he had achieved what he promised. He died for the forgiveness of our sin, but not just our sin, that of all people – family, friend, neighbour, and even foe.
Romans puts it this way:
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8)
Without wanting to diminish in anyway the sweat, tears or sacrifice of our Anzacs, the sacrifice of Jesus has to been seen in even more glorifying terms. He fought even for those who were rejecting him, so that by God’s grace they might be saved.
Do you think our society would consider the sacrifice of Christ to be even on par with the sacrifice of our Anzacs? We have an opportunity as Christians to honour our Anzacs and honour the sacrifice of Christ – so that those around us might know true freedom. Lest we forget.