You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I am somewhat reluctant to put this beautiful tribute song onto my blog. You see, I do believe that there is a greater love and sacrifice than that demonstrated by our Diggers.
More than 100, 000 Australians have paid the ultimate price fighting that I might have freedom and peace. They did not die in vain. Today I remember them - they deserve to be remembered.
There has been a greater sacrifice, though. On a hill called Calvary more than two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ died not for his friends, but for his enemies. Jesus died for sinners.
Our Diggers died for their country. They died so that good people might have freedom. Jesus didn't die for good people; he died for bad ones. We were guilty; we deserved our punishment of death. Jesus died instead of us. Why? Because he loved us. Because of this greatest sacrifice, we can march into eternity with him. Forever.
Today I will humbly and gratefully remember those who have died defending our great country. But I shall also remember Jesus Christ who made the greatest sacrifice of all.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13