Summary: There are four very important things that the Bible tells us about Christ we can remember this Memorial Day.
“A Day To Remember”
2 Timothy 2:7-8 “7Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel…”
As you well know, this weekend we celebrate Memorial Day—the day that we remember those who have gone on before us. Today we honor those who have died in battle to ensure the freedom that we celebrate as Americans. Today we also remember our late fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends. We remember the fond memories that we have of those loved ones. Many will have family reunions this weekend. Many will go to cemeteries and decorate burial places with brilliantly colored flowers. And many will spend the day in quiet remembrance of the frailty of life.
Today I want to encourage us to also remember our Savior Jesus Christ. As we remember those that have gone on before us, we remember that He has gone to prepare a place for us. There are four very important things that the Bible tells us about Christ we can remember this Memorial Day.
On this day to remember, first we can…
I. Remember Christ’s Provision (Matt. 16:8-10
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, "You
of little faith, why are you talking among
yourselves about having no bread? 9Do you
still not understand? Don’t you remember the
five loaves for the five thousand, and how
many basketfuls you gathered? 10Or the seven
loaves for the four thousand, and how many
basketfuls you gathered?”).
A. Here we see a picture of the disciples of
Christ just not “getting it.” In this
passage Jesus is warning them to be
careful of the Pharisees and the
Sadducees—because their teaching was
contrary to the Word of God. But the
illustration Jesus used made them realize
that they didn’t bring any bread, and the
disciples began to worry.
B. Then Jesus reminded them of how He
provided for them, as He asked, “Don’t
you remember the five loaves for the five
thousand and how many basketfuls you
gathered? Or the seven loaves for the
four thousand, and how many basketfuls
C. Here Jesus is reminding them that He will
supply their needs. He is sufficient
enough to take care of them, just as He
had done in the past.
D. I think than many of us need to be
reminded of the provision of God from
time to time. No matter what the need
is, He’s able to handle it. In Paul’s
letter to the Philippians, he
writes, “And my God will meet all your
needs according to his glorious riches in
Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). It
wasn’t just a promise to the church in
Philippi, it is a promise to us today.
E. ILL (From Morris Mott, SermonCentral)—
There was a single mother who had heard a
Biblical financial teacher say, “Quit
looking at your job as the source of your
income. Look at your job as only one
avenue, one channel the Source, El
Shaddai, uses to bring finances into your
life. Begin to teach your children to
look to their heavenly Father as their
Source, not the parents.” Her little
daughter, one day told her that she
wanted a bike, like all the other
children. Her mother, at first was about
to reply, “Honey, momma does not have
extra money,” because this was her
typical response. However, she remembered
what the teacher said in the seminar, so
she told her daughter, "Let’s ask the
Lord for a bike". They prayed together
and thanked God for hearing their prayer.
A few days later, the little received a
check in the mail, payable to her
personally. On the way to town to cash
the check, they noticed a man placing a
bicycle out by the side of the road. The
mother stopped the car and asked the man
what he was going to do with that bike.
The man replied that his daughter had
quickly outgrown the use of it and he was
going to sell it. The little asked the
man how much he wanted and he
replied, “For you, $25.00.” which was
exactly the amount of the CHECK the
received in the mail!” The little grew
up not remembering a mother who worked
hard to buy a bike, but thankful for a
mother who taught her about her Heavenly
Father, who cared about an eight years
old ’s need. HE KNOWS AND HE IS ABLE TO
TAKE CARE OF US!!!
Not only can we remember Christ’s provision, but we can also…
II. Remember Christ’s Love (Ephesians 2:4-7
4But because of his great love for us, God,
who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with
Christ even when we were dead in