Metropolitan Baptist Church

Reaching Australia for Jesus Christ

ANZAC DAY – “Lest we forget”

April 25th, 2020

Deuteronomy 4:23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of anything, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.

The words “Lest We Forget” form the refrain of “Recessional”, a poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Kipling’s goal was to stress the danger of forgetting God, for when nations rise to wealth and power, they are inclined to forget their God.

Though the phrase is used today as we commemorate those who have fallen in battle, we need to be mindful of the Scripture Kipling based his poem upon – that we do not forget the God from whom all blessings flow.

It is important that we pause and remember and give thanks for many who sacrificed that we might enjoy freedom and prosperity. But it is so much more important that we pause and remember and give thanks for the eternal Son of God who was “…made… to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”2 Corinthians 5:21. Jesus Christ died and took the punishment for our sins that we might have forgiveness and life eternal; that is something we must never forget!

‘Lest we forget’

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Friend, you can receive eternal life that He offers by simply repenting of your sin and placing your faith in Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. This short prayer might help you make that commitment.

Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner and worthy of death and hell. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sin, was buried and rose again. I now repent of my sin and receive Jesus Christ as my personal saviour. Please forgive me of my sin and give me eternal life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen.

As we celebrate ANZAC DAY, this year little differently, may the full weight and meaning of Mr Kipling’s poem cause us to not loose sight that we are what we are by the grace of God alone.

He is worthy of our remembrance: ‘Lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God.’

 

Recessional

God of our fathers, known of old,

Lord of our far-flung battleline,

Beneath whose awful Hand we hold

Dominion over palm and pine—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;

The Captains and the Kings depart:

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,

An humble and a contrite heart.

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;

On dune and headland sinks the fire:

Lo, all our pomp of yesterday

Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!

Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose

Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,

Such boastings as the Gentiles use,

Or lesser breeds without the Law—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust

In reeking tube and iron shard,

All valiant dust that builds on dust,

And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,

For frantic boast and foolish word—

Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

– Rudyard Kipling, 1897