drowning clinging to cross webThe term, "band of brothers," has been made famous in literature, history, entertainment, and politics. Its first known use was in Shakespeare's Henry V: "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother." The phrase was used in Wilhelm Tell, wound its way through both sides of the Mason-Dixon line in the Civil War, a WWII book and movie, and suffered a more contemporary resurgence with John Kerry in the 2004 election. It signifies fellows who share a close comradeship in a shared struggle, bonding as closely as actual blood ties can make them.


The following are lyrics from the song, "Soldiers Prayer," by John Randall and Bart Allmand, recorded by Mountain Heart and used with permission. I believe they make a expressive comparison of the mission of soldiers and the mission of the Savior:

His feet had barely hit the ground, When he knew he was in trouble.
With his band of brothers, He was there to save the world.
Looking up at that mountain, He cried, "Father, please forgive me!"
And as the metal started hitting flesh, The soldier’s prayer was heard.
Please remember me. Tell my children that I love them.
Please remember me, And all that I died for.
Say you'll know my face When the roll is called up yonder.
Please remember me — We're shipping back to shore.

His feet had barely hit the ground, When he knew he was in trouble.
With his band of brothers, He was there to save the world.
Looking down from that cross, He cried, "Father, please forgive them!"
When the metal started hitting flesh, A soldier’s prayer was heard.
Please remember me. Tell my children that I love them.
Please remember me, And all that I died for.
Say you'll know my face, When the roll is called up yonder.
Please remember me — We're shipping back to shore.

The job of the soldier is to save the country he or she is fighting for. The enemy is usually a foreign power that threatens the lives of the homeland population. Often, the battle takes place on foreign shores, away from home.
Jesus Christ left the shores of heaven to save the world. "I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father" (John 16:28). In His case, the enemy is sin, which threatens the lives of all men and women in the world. He came to a foreign land to defeat Satan, the enemy of souls, before shipping back to shore. Jesus gathered a band of brothers who gave their lives for the Gospel, opening the door for all believers to join His family.
The soldier in our song looked up to the Father and asked for forgiveness, and was heard. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
Jesus Christ looked down from the cross, where it seemed the enemy had won the victory, and cried, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). Yet, because Jesus rose from the dead, we can cry, "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).

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