The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne is a memorial to all Australians who served in war. The Shrine contains the marble Stone of Remembrance which has the words, ‘Greater love hath no man’ engraved on it. Once a year on 11 November at 11am (Remembrance Day), a ray of sunlight shines through an aperture in the roof to light up the word ‘Love’ in the inscription.
The inscription is from John 15:13-14 where Jesus says, ‘The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them. And you are my friends if you do what I command you.’ If we respect and are thankful for those who laid down their lives for their county how much more should we be grateful to Jesus Christ for laying down his life for us.
The soldiers who died for us did it because they want us to live free from oppression in this life. Jesus died for us so that we could live free from the oppression of sin and death forever.
Next time you visit a war memorial or enjoy a warm ray of sunshine, remember that the greatest act of love was that Jesus laid down his life for you.