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Summary: Webster's defines "memorial" as, "something designed to keep remembrance alive". Memorial Day commemorates those who gave their lives in serving their country. Memorial Day can also be a day to commemorate the one who gave His life in serving mankind. Wha

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REMEMBER ME

(MEMORIAL DAY)

INTRODUCTION: Webster's defines memorial as, "something designed to keep

remembrance alive". Memorial Day commemorates those who gave their lives in

serving their country. Memorial Day can also be a day to commemorate the one

who gave His life in serving mankind. It's important to remember both and

Memorial Day can help us do that. What does Memorial Day prompt us to reflect

on?

1) MEMORIAL DAY PROMPTS US TO REFLECT ON SACRIFICE. Jesus said in

John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for

his friends." Memorial Day helps us to remember the men and women of the

armed forces who have sacrificed their lives serving the USA. Memorial Day

prompts us to reflect on the love they had in being willing to give their all in love

for their fellow man. This kind of sacrifice involves self-denial and an undying

committment to the cause. It involves a willingness to face dangerous situations

and press on despite fear. It involves staying true to the mission even if means

death. This is the love and sacrifice of those we honor today. These are also the

attributes of Jesus. His life was one of self denial and sacrifice. Jesus had an

undying committment to the cause of saving mankind from their sins. Jesus'

mission was death. Jesus' purpose was to give his life as a ransom as he said of

himself in Matthew 20:28, "just as the Son of Man did not come to be

served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Memorial Day prompts us to reflect on sacrifce.

2) MEMORIAL DAY PROMPTS US TO REFLECT ON FREEDOM. Memorial Day

allows us to remember the benefit we've received from the sacrifice of the valiant

soldier; which is freedom. There's a poem that reads, in part, 'It is the soldier, not

the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet,

who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the clergy, who has

given us freedom of religion. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer who has

given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves

beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.' The soldiers we are

remembering on Memorial Day fought and gave their lives for freedom from

possible tyranny and dictatorship. They fought to preserve our inalienable rights.

If not for the bravery of those in battle, if not for the strong men and women

throughout history who were willing to die for freedom's sake, we would not be a

free nation. As Memorial Day prompts us to reflect on our national freedom,

there's another freedom that Memorial Day can prompt us to reflect on-our

spiritual freedom. John 8:34-36. Without the unmatched valor of Jesus, we

wouldn't have the possibility to become free from sin's tyranny. If not for Jesus'

willingness to die for freedom's sake, we would still be held in bondage to sin's

power and subject to sin's penalty which is death. But, in order to be truly free,

we need to respond to the truth and we need to hold to the truth. Jesus said in


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