This is a very significant Sunday, as this Sunday marks the 100th year of the end of WW1. That dreadful war was supposed to last only a few months and end in glory. In reality it raged on over 4 long years, costing millions of lives, including 18 277 NZ men and women. True to form, Kiwis have always punched above their weight and excelled. Kiwi soldiers were awarded 11 VC medals, which is an amazing achievement for such a small country.
It was also said to be the war to end all wars, but sadly that too was not true, for in just over 20 years WW2 started. Many Kiwi families paid dearly, giving up their sons. One family, the Smiths from the South Island, sent all 6 of their sons to serve queen and country. As the war dragged on 5 of the boys died in various battles. The small village from where the Smith boys came petitioned the queen and were successful in having the last Smith boy, aged a9, sent home on an honourable discharge.
As we remember them and their sacrifice to their country, let us not forget our Lord, who gave so much for so many. He gave His life, died and rose again to give us freedom from the penalty of sin.
1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”