Here in the United States, this coming weekend is about remembering those who died while serving in the Armed Forces. It’s about remembering those who gave their lives in order for the rest of us to be free. Free from tyranny (an arbitrarily, wrathful regime).
My grandfather served in WWII in the 69th Infantry Division, freeing Jews who were in Nazi concentration camps. (The picture above is the patch the soldiers of the 69th wore on their sleeve.) Though he did not die while serving, I still think of my grandfather as we approach this weekend and the freedom which he helped to provide, for both those in the concentration camps and also for us, the average citizen.
However, as beautiful as the meaning of this holiday weekend is and the memories it conjures up, there is still a better memorial that we (Christians) must continually honor…
Remembering Him who died, in service to us, 2,000 years ago on a Roman cross in Palestine, appeasing the future wrath of God, freeing us from that which we deserve. God sent His Son so that we might be given a memorial…
Isaiah 56:1-5 (NASB)
“Thus says the Lord,
‘Preserve justice and do righteousness,
For My salvation is about to come
And My righteousness to be revealed.
‘How blessed is the man who does this,
And the son of man who takes hold of it;
Who keeps from profaning the sabbath,
And keeps his hand from doing any evil.’
Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,
‘The Lord will surely separate me from His people.’
Nor let the eunuch say, ‘Behold, I am a dry tree.’
For thus says the Lord,
‘To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths,
And choose what pleases Me,
And hold fast My covenant,
To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial,
And a name better than that of sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.'”
May we remember everyday the “memorial” that we have been given…
Godspeed, to the brethren!
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