The significance of major events in the history of the world is obvious. They make us stop and look back to see how far we have come OR maybe how we have refused to learn any lessons from the past. Today, the 28th June is a signifcant day for many reasons, but 2 of them tie up with the First World War.
It was on this day in 1914 that Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his consort, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo, precipitating the outbreak of World War I. Fast forward five years (1919), and it was on this day that the Treaty of Versailles was signed confirming the end of the war.
What happened in the space of 5 years changed the trajectory of the world, especially in regards to politics, economics and human relations. Millions of people were killed and millions left broken and traumatised.
Although we don't officially know the dates of Jesus birth and death, it was these two events that changed the way humanity viewed God. For the first time many people realised that God was willing to go to the ends of the earth to bridge the relationship between man and God. Jesus' birth, life and death changed our lives forever.
What will this day mean for you? Will be significant?
Living in Grace