The world’s largest banner was paid for by the fans of Uruguay’s Club National de Football. This banner was a big deal in expense, in size ,and in weight. It cost 50 thousand United States dollars. After deciding upon the design, it took a year and a half to make the banner which measures 600 meters long by 50 meters high. It took 400 people to carry the 2 ton banner into the stadium when it was unveiled for the first time in April of 2013.
Even with this picture the scope of its enormity it is difficult to show.(photo credit: The Daily Mail)
Throughout history there have been many banners people have stood under and supported: national flags, trade union banners, and sports team logos to name a few. A coat of arms banner, and the standards of an army are also considered banners. These reveal the causes people support, and ideas they believe to be worthwhile.
This may be the Bible verse that comes to mind regarding the word “Banner”. Song of Solomon 2:4 “He brought me to his banqueting table, his banner over me is love.”
Here are some other Biblical references to banner for you to consider:
Joshua fought with the Amalekites. It was the memorable battle when Aaron and Hur stood on the hilltop holding up Moses’s hands. The name of the alter built in thanksgiving for that victory was Jehovah-nissi, meaning Jehovah is my banner (Exodus 17:15).
Today God has given us each a banner – to be displayed to the world precisely because it is true. Psalm 60:4 “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.”
Isaiah 11:10 “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign (or banner) of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” This is a prophecy foretelling the coming Messiah. Jesus is to be our banner!
We are each living our lives beneath some sort of banner. The banner above us is an advertisement to others of the truths that are important to us. Think for a moment…What does your banner say? What are you advertising?
I have heard some inspiring testimonies at funerals. (I go to quite a few, being a pastor’s wife.) The story is told, to the funeral attendants, of how this person lived and their banner is clearly seen by all. It is good to be motivated in this way, but we aren’t to leave the testimony to be told at our funeral– we are called to do the testifying while we live (Romans 12:1-2).
Is the message we wish to portray on our banner clear to others today?
Romans 16:12 gives us a record of Paul sending greetings. Of two individuals he says they “labored in the Lord”, but of another just afterward he greets one who “labored much in the Lord.” What a testimony! I ask myself, do I want to be remembered as having labored, or having labored much in the Lord?
Our greatest example of one who labored for God is Jesus. In families, the younger children can learn a lot from their older, more experienced siblings. Being adopted into the Family of Heaven, are we following the example of our elder brother, Jesus? He leads us in the ways of family life, and teaches us how to function. (See Romans 8:17, Galatians 3:29, and Titus 3:7.)
The first time the Bible references Jesus making mention of His Heavenly Father is found in Luke 2:49. At age of 12 Jesus was teaching the teachers in the temple, through his thoughtful questions. The feast being over, his parents had begun their journey homeward, leaving him behind. Upon discovering this they returned to the city to find Jesus. This is his reply to his mother’s question “Son, why did you do this to us?” (in leaving us). He answered, “Don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?”
Jesus said “My” Father’s business. It shows ownership, possession. He was invested in Kingdom Business. It was his banner, his testimony to the world.
I am challenged to consider what my banner is telling those around me. Am I taking my Father’s business seriously? I believe GOD IS ABLE to use me, the daily question is, AM I WILLING?
photo credit: banner of title page shows The Holy Roman Empire and its member states, 1510. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_heraldry)