There are some events that are world and history changing when they occur. This week marks the 20th anniversary of such an event: the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York on 11th September 2001.
2,753 people, including 343 firefighters and 23 police officers lost their lives, when two planes were intentionally crashed into the twin towers. After two decades we will not forget them or the events of 9/11, although for some not forgetting means retaliation and retribution.
2,000 years ago, another world and history changing event took place when Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, was put to death on a Roman cross. We will not forget Jesus as every time we take the Lord’s Supper we remember his death, and the forgiveness he gave to his executioners. There was no retaliation or retribution in his heart, only love, mercy, and grace for those who killed him.
For all those who are still suffering the pain of having lost loved ones on 9/11 and for all those who have been wronged by the hurtful actions of others may the love of Jesus provide peace and healing. And may the forgiveness Jesus extended to humanity at his death be seen in us as we deal graciously with each other.
Have a good week being gracious.