Today America honors the men and women who have willingly chosen to serve this nation by serving in the Armed Forces. Since our country’s birth many have given their lives in defense of this nation on foreign and domestic soils. We stand proud and salute each and every one who did this for love of country and their fellow man.
But there is someone who made the greatest sacrifice for not only a nation but for all of mankind. His name is Jesus. He made the greatest sacrifice and He did it all for love. Love for you and me. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Jesus’s life was not taken from Him by force. John 10:17-18 says “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down of my own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from my Father.”
A soldier follows orders that come from someone who has authority over him or her. They complete whatever mission assigned to them with a goal to walk away victorious over an enemy. Jesus also had a goal. His goal or shall I say purpose was to bring restoration between God and man by offering Himself as the sacrificial Lamb for the remission of all sin for the entire world. Not just a nation but of all creation!
His sacrifice disarmed our adversary the devil and removed the sting of death for all. He made a way for us to be free. All we have to do is acknowledge that we truly cannot save ourselves and accept the free gift offered to us which is salvation. We cannot save ourselves. Most of us tried to live a good life, follow the rules, have good thoughts, do good things but we failed miserably. The moment we were born we were doomed to repeat the pattern of sin that was birthed in the Garden of Eden.
For several thousands of years man was in need of a sacrifice to cover his sin. Animal after animal was sacrificed to meet that requirement. And then the time had come. A plan designed by God, that today none of us can truly grasp, was brought forth in God’s chosen time. Jesus was on His way! The Messiah, was incubating in the womb of young girl and He would save the world. The ultimate sacrifice for you and me waiting to come forth. Our deliverer! Our victorious Lamb! Our devil stomping redeemer was almost here. And finally the Life came forth in the form of flesh and blood to redeem fallen flesh and blood. His only purpose was to be the ultimate sacrifice for you and me.
When the time arrived to fulfill God’s plan Jesus was anguished in His spirit knowing what He was soon to suffer. But He chose His Father’s will over His. He left that garden of tears with you and me on His mind. And when the time arrived and He was breathing His last breath He said “It is finished!” Yes Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”
Three days later with the keys of hell and death in His hands He rose from the dead and left the enemy of us all shaking on the side lines. Resurrection morning had come and today because He lives and became the victorious Lamb we can have that same life now.
I hope as you enjoy this Memorial Day you will also reflect on the greatest sacrifice made for us all….Jesus Christ!
Living by the brook,