October 30th 2021
Pastoral Letter to the Circuit Family
Jesus said: “This is my body given for your: do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19) Dear friends,
Every year the month of November reminds us of all that happened during the two World Wars.
We read and know that during this time countless numbers of people who sacrificed their precious lives had a single purpose, that of liberating the world from tyranny and creating greater freedom for people to live in harmony with each other.
Such memory enables us to affirm that people who died in the war gave their best so that we could live without fear today.
Unfortunately, it is still a dream to be realised. Sadly, we continue to witness wars of all kinds in different parts of the world today.
I remember standing in front of the great war memorial in Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland, one of the North Eastern States of India. I was inspired, challenged and humbled to read the famous Kohima Epitaph, “When you go home, tell them of us and say: ‘For their tomorrow, we gave our today’.”
These words encourage the world to pause and reflect on the supreme sacrifice of people during those war years, and to reaffirm a commitment to live with dignity in order to give our best today so that future generations may live in freedom.
This also challenges us to appreciate the courage of those who died without having the chance to enjoy life and so inspire us to do the same, to promote peace, justice and equality for all.
When God created humans, he also gave them freedom with a warning to “remember” not only his commandments but also his faithfulness and love that endures forever.“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22). T
he Bible reminds people to come back to God the creator, in all circumstances of their life and to taste and see His goodness.
When I think of Remembrance Day, it reminds me of our Lord Jesus Christ who was born in a manger, lived an ordinary human life, was full of compassion for those who were in need and was called to be the friend of sinners.
He submitted his will to become the greatest sacrifice ever made in human history.
His sacrificial death leads people from spiritual darkness into eternal light.
He sacrificed his precious life to liberate us from eternal death and to give us eternal life. Though he did not commit any crime he died like a criminal to liberate humankind from the bondage of their sin.
He was broken so that we can be healed. He was condemned so that we may go free. He gave his life to lead humanity from hatred into love and from conflict into eternal peace.
So, as we read through the Gospels, the life and ministry of Jesus remind us of many things which he did for the whole of humanity.
The whole world needs to remember what God did through his Son Jesus Christ.
On the night that he was betrayed we read how after realising that his final time had come, Jesus sat with his disciples to have his Last Supper in the Upper Room where he took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22: 19). Jesus asked his disciples to eat the broken bread in remembrance of him.
Through this act of fellowship, he wanted them to remember his sacrifice which offers forgiveness to all those who truly confess their sins and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour.
He was full of grace and hope. He became a servant to make us his friends. He gave his present for our eternity. He became human so that we may become children of God.
So, let us surrender ourselves to him who surrendered himself to be the greatest sacrifice ever made in human history.
Let us pause for a moment to remember Jesus’ meekness and majesty that was broken for us all on the cross.
Let us remember to imitate his compassion, grace and love in our relationships.
By remembering what Jesus did in that Upper Room we can be a great channel of peace: still conflicts, enable reconciliation between friends, and bring justice where there is injustice and equality where there is inequality.
God bless you,
- Short Cross Methodist Church
- Attwood Street
- B63 3UE