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
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
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