The Larger Conflict Arc
Last Sunday was Veterans Day in the United States. This national holiday was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, one year after the end of World War I (in the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month) to celebrate the soliders who served during the war.
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations. The History of Veterans Day
Unlike Memorial Day which commemorates all those who died in service, Veteran’s Day commemorates all those who served in any capacity. We are thankful for those who sacrificed in a variety of ways to protect our liberties.
Wars between nations are part of a larger conflict arc. The Great War was established by God in Eden between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. The serpent, or dragon if you prefer, still slithers about as an adversary. The battle and casualties and consequences are real. And while many soldiers have served in this conflict, they first had to be saved from serving in the rebel army.
At the Lord’s Table we remember that we were enemies but are now reconciled by the sacrifice of Jesus. We remember His perfect service of righteousness on our behalf. We remember a battle won by His death and so that we can live in His resurrection. We remember that blood is really red and was really shed so that we could serve in His strength and for His glory.
We are still in a battle. The dragon is still lying, still fighting, still seeking to devour. Together, at this Table, we are still looking to Christ and thanking God for His service.