Over the past two decades Anzac Day has grown to become the key concept that defines the Australian identity.
It is no surprise that a day that filled with such tragedy and loss has affected us in such a profound way.
Stories of courage, mateship, and sacrifice have combined to shape how we see ourselves as a nation.
As Christians, we are also shaped by one day of great sacrifice, tragedy and loss, as we recall the impact of the death of Jesus.
His death defines our identity, as we recall the gift of life that comes from the cost of his death.
As we look at the first two verses of 1 Peter we see a clear statement that further defines our identity.
We read that we have been chosen, “according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood” (1 Peter 1:2).
We are defined by the way that God the Father, Son and Spirit has chosen us and saved us, giving us an all-new identity that will never be the same again.