CHRISTMAS TRUCE

One of the Greatest events in history took place on Christmas day one 100 years ago. A miracle was done in consideration of the joyful celebration of Jesus birth. People were touched in their hearts to show compassion to each although sworn enemies. This armistice reconciliation happened in history between the British and German soldiers in Belgium and France battlefields in the Western Front in the trenches. Peace was briefly agreed for one day to halt war between enemies fighting on Christmas day during the first world war in 1914. This unusually true story became the subject of discussions surprising concerned families. It seemed a miracle as two groups shooting and bombing each other on previous days decided to celebrate Christmas together. These series of widespread unofficial ceasefires took place along the around Christmas 1914. In the week leading up to the holiday, Germans and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas, men from both sides ventured into neutral land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies, prisoner swaps, several meetings ended in carol-singing.Men played football with one another, giving one of the most enduring images of the truce. However, the peaceful behaviour was not  complete as fighting continued in some sectors. In others areas,  the sides settled on arrangements to recover bodies. The following year, a few units arranged ceasefires, but the truces were not widespread as in 1914. This is interesting because they trusted each other enough to meet together without arms. In addition they had confidence to eat and play football together. The Prince of Prince Christ Jesus touched the hearts and minds of the toughest and most hardened veterans to stop fighting on Christmas day. Among them was James and Otto on 25th December, 1914. These men were courageous enough to take a risk to be in the same vicinity with each other. They saw the human, loving, compassionate side in each other at least for that day. So it possible if man chooses to live in peace with each other. They willingly remembered reality of previous Christmas good times back home among family. With God all things are possible.

The more I reflect on this story the more amazing it seems today. By celebrating Christmas with the enemy this brings word of God to mind that, ‘God sets a table before me in the presence of my enemies.’ Most of the soldiers wrote event in their diaries and sent letters home sharing wonderful experience with family and friends. Others took pictures and sent photographs home showing their friendly match between sworn enemies. They enjoyed and treasures the great moment in history. Many documentaries, adverts and films are made about the Christmas truce. This is precursor to the end of that war eventually but the war continued for another 4 years until 1918 when war ended. This shows men are capable of seeing the good in each other if they choose to do so. So were willing to put up with one another to meet God’s Standard that, a time will come when there will be No More wars in Jesus Name. People will lay down their arms and live together in peace with one another. God said it will be so peaceful that a man will dwell in peace with the lion and the lamb. Unfortunately, it gets worse before it gets better. This means in the near future there be no more wars ever again.However, that ultimate truce will take place after the worst battle in history. This war is going to be the biggest war of wars to finally quench blood thirstiness and revenge. The signs of ultimate war is beginning to rage, on and off, in many parts of the world in different places. New alliances are formed which take sides as the Bible predicts towards second coming of Christ. The Ultimate True Peace will Come Finally after all these wars only through Christ Jesus. It is important to read the Bible, to pray to God in Jesus Name and to watch the Bible unfold in the News. Above all, it is necessary to remember, in spite of wars and rumours of wars there is inner peace and assurance of eternal life. No matter what human beings go through there is hope of eternal everlasting life beyond sufferings of this world. Make sure you have peace with God in life and know your destination before hand by accepting Christ as personal Saviour. There is no more tears, grief or sorrow in Heaven. God comforts people from all nations in perpetual joy, singing dancing in Heaven. As we celebrate without loved ones who passed into Heaven, remember they are at PEACE FOREVER REJOICING in the presence of God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Saints and Angels. They are not in pain any more but restored into youthful looks and very happy. So God cares about all the family members left behind on earth so all one day all will be reunited and the circle will be complete.

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