Memorial Day asks us as citizens to pause however briefly to remember those in the military who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives fighting for and defending our nation. This is righteous and I do so with this post. I am also mindful with others and gratitude that during this past year many in our nation’s medical community also made the ultimate sacrifice attempting to save fellow citizens from the Coronavirus. All such remembrances are good and help us look away from our focus on self so natural to do, but which is made quite uncomfortably unnatural in the face of those who willingly give up their lives to save others.
For this reason, I will not pass up the opportunity to also remember and point up the ultimate sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ to save all mankind from our sins and condemnation (John 3:16-18)! Our military personnel and any others that die in service to our nation and us as citizens do so that we might live a little longer in a temporary state of health, safety, freedom, prosperity etc. and I am grateful. However, Christ’s sacrifice not only saves from sin and its consequences, but also brings those willing to believe the Gospel about Him into relationship with God, eternal life and glory. As a beneficiary by faith of His sacrifice certified by His resurrection and ascension to the glory He has promised those who believe, I am joyfully beside myself in gratitude (John 3:36; Romans 5:6-11)!
Just reflecting for Memorial Day as requested. May you do the same and be safe while you are at it.
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