John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” NKJV
We have come to another Memorial Day in America and 2015 finds names added to the list of those whom we should remember. Each year there are more Americans who have given their all in defense of Freedom and pursuit of that often illusive dream. We have been fortunate in this nation to not have been invaded by a foreign enemy although we have experienced acts of terror on our shores. Our land has not been ravaged with the hostilities of war like many nations although there are signs that trouble is brewing and that is troubling.
Jesus’ statement in John 15 was clearly calling attention to His willingness to go to the Cross for mankind and called them and us His friends. His declaration that there can be no greater demonstration of love than laying down one’s life for another is particularly impactful on this day. From the time of the Revolutionary War to the present American’s have sacrificed all to obtain and preserve freedom. In America we have lived relatively free of oppression for a long time and the system of government instituted by our Founding Fathers has served us well. Freedom is wonderful but never free!
Jesus’ act on the Cross was the purchase price of FREEDOM of a different kind. In laying down His life for us he opened the door to Spiritual Freedom that would enable man to truly live. We had been under the dominion of the realm of darkness and now access to the kingdom of light was open through His sacrifice. His sacrifice placed before us two paths or gates through which all must enter. One leads to destruction and the other to life. One places almost no demands or restrictions whereas the other is a much narrower pathway that requires discipline and willing surrender of lordship of our lives. We surrender being the master of our own fate and the captain of our souls to Him and become followers of His Way rather than that of the flesh and self. One path leads to true Freedom the other to bondage. Yet, bondage seems to be the path the flesh most desires.
Today we should REMEMBER:
- Remember What Those in Times of War Sacrificed For Freedom.
Throughout history brave patriotic souls have made the ultimate sacrifice so that others could be free and enjoy the fruits of liberty. We should all pause, remember and give thanks for what they did. Without their sacrifice we would not have the Freedoms we have today.
- Remember The Cross.
Without the Cross there is no Crown. Without the shedding of blood there is no redemption and Jesus willingly laid down His life so that you and I could enter into LIFE that is TRUE FREEDOM spiritually.
Yes this should be a day of remembering not just a day off work, day of sales for shoppers or picnics. We should take time to REMEMBER and in our remembering we should express GRATITUDE and THANKSGIVING. We are the beneficiaries of incredible sacrifices made so that we could enjoy LIFE more Abundant and FREEDOM naturally and spiritually!
God bless you as you go through this day!