Memorial Day is a time that causes most to remember the great sacrifice so many have made, by serving their country – men and women who had their lives taken, most in the prime of their lives.
It is a day to soberly think of their sacrifice so that freedom can be had.
Man needs to remember is that God gave his Son to die for the sins of man and that sacrifice can save men if they will obey the gospel. This great sacrifice should be held in reverence and respect and one should reflect on the great freedom from sin this sacrifice gives.
Those who have died in service to their country suffered many things. Some were killed in battle, others tortured by enemies.
Christ suffered humiliation and pain. Jesus was subjected to illegal trials, mocking, beatings, having people spit upon him and finally to being crucified on the cross. He was tried by Jewish courts and the Roman courts.
Pilate, who could have released Christ, chose to please the crowds rather than release one who was innocent. Christ endured the pain and suffering for mankind.
Realizing what a sacrifice was made for mankind should cause one to take advantage of the salvation offered by God and to live by his word. Perhaps the gruesomeness of his death shows why God wants this sacrifice to be remembered each week (Acts 20:7).
The Lord’s death is to be remembered by his people each week in the partaking of the Lord’s Supper. Paul wrote, “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
“After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come” (1 Cor. 11:23-26).
Some think partaking of this memorial each week makes it less important. To the child of God, it is very important and puts their minds their hearts at the cross, witnessing by faith the death of the Savior, the sacrifice of God for all mankind.
The sacrifice made by God for mankind should be in the mind of man every day. God does love mankind and wants man to be saved, but he leaves that decision up to the individual.
God allows man to make the choice of following him or not. If man wants to follow God and be saved, he must have faith that Jesus is the Son of God (Rom. 10:17). He must repent of his sins (Luke 13:3).
He must confess Jesus is God’s Son before men (Rom. 10:10) and then be baptized for the remission of his sins (Acts 2:38). Then the person must live a faithful life (Rev. 2:10).
It is good for a remembrance to be had of those who have sacrificed so much for their country, but remembering God sent his Son should cause one to want to follow God (Jno. 5:28, 29).
Remember God’s sacrifice and follow God every day.