The peace that will end war

November 7, 2014 · Print This Article

This weekend and throughout the coming week many people in Europe and around the world will remember the Armistice that was signed at 11am Paris time on the 11th November, 1918.

It was a pre-arranged event. The terms had been under discussion for months beforehand, and all sides agreed to them finally in the early morning of the 11th. No one, however, told the troops, many of whom continued to be slaughtered on the Western Front battlefields in the hours leading up to the official signing, which took place, famously, in a railway carriage in a French forest.

It was HG Wells, the science fiction writer of the Time Machine and the War of the Worlds, who dubbed World War One “the war to end war”. Of course, it did not end war at all, and in the ensuing 100 years since he made that remark not a decade has gone by without war.

Biblically speaking it is not a war that will end all wars. Rather it is a peace. It’s the peace of Christ. We pay respect to those who were lost in war through our Remembrance ceremonies. God also remembers them. He remembers them through the peace of Christ, and therefore there is hope, not just for the end of warfare, but also for the future of the dead and of the living.

As we think of war, let’s remember the peace of Christ.

It’s the only hope.

james.henderson@gracecom.org.uk

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