Greetings, and welcome to the web site of Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. Sunday the 11th of November will be Remembrance Sunday, a day in which millions of people here in the U.K. and in nations of the Commonwealth, will participate in acts of remembrance, honouring those who have fought and laid down their lives in the two World Wars and other conflicts. Their noble and courageous sacrifice has served to provide for us the freedom we enjoy. It is right that we honour those who have served their country with such bravery and self sacrifice.
This year marks the centenary of the end of ‘The Great War’; the First World War, that was so cruel that it was initially referred to as ‘The war that would end all wars’! Millions of lives were lost in the mire of Flanders Fields and the Western Front. Sixty thousand British soldiers were killed in one day at the Battle of the Somme. Sadly, twenty one years later, the world was once again plunged into the terror of a second global conflict resulting in over 55 million deaths!
In remembering these great acts of sacrificial courage, we reflect upon the greatest act of love and sacrifice our world has ever seen; namely the death of our Lord and Saviour; Jesus Christ. He willingly offered Himself through His death on the cross of Calvary, to atone for and to break the power of mankind’s greatest enemy; sin! War, terrorism, and all acts of human barbarity are symptomatic of this condition of sin that blights the human spirit. Mankind, in and of himself, is unable to remedy this problem, but Jesus has made a way through which this power can be broken bringing forgiveness, peace, and hope.
As we remember the heroics of those who gave their lives in the cause of our freedom, Christian believers daily thank God for sending His Son Jesus Christ to provide the path to spiritual freedom and security.