To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
8th May, 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. The allies had overcome the military might of the Third Reich and liberated the people of Europe from the evil of National Socialism and the horrors of what would become known as the Nazi Holocaust.
The streets of every city, town and village that had suffered under the German occupation were now filled with crowds of people rejoicing. The sound of gun fire and heavy artillery was replaced with the sounds of cheering people rejoicing that the war was now over.
This year’s celebrations will be somewhat subdued due to the national lock-down because of the Covid19 Virus.
I was born in 1954 just 9 years after the end of the War. I grew up listening to family memories about the war, the blitz (when German bombers dropped bombs on the United Kingdom), and those family members that served in His Majesty’s Armed Forces. Many television shows featured documentaries about the war because it was still fresh in the British psyche.
At this time we should look back with gratitude for the sacrifices made by the generation of brave men and women who fought against the evil of National Socialism both in the military and in the various resistance groups across Europe.
We must never forget the scourge of antisemitism and oppose it whenever we come across it. We must resist and reject any notions that God has rejected and has finished with the Jews. Although the majority of Jews deny Jesus Christ and opposed to attempts by believers to evangelise them they are still loved by God-
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. (Romans 11:25-32)