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
John 8:31&32, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Memorial Day
prompts us to reflect on freedom.
3) MEMORIAL DAY PROMPTS US TO NEVER FORGET. Memorial Day is in
place so that we don't forget the depth of service and sacrifice of our nation's
fallen heroes. But as we're called on to remember the soldier's sacrificial offering,
we are also called on to remember Jesus' sacrificial offering. 1st Cor. 11:23-26.
Taking part in Communion is a reminder for those who have been set free to
remember the death of the one who gave us life. Regarding the Savior as well as
the soldier, we always need to remember; lest we forget.
I watched the flag pass by one day, it fluttered in the breeze;
A young Marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform, so young, so tall, so proud;
with hair cut square and eyes alert, he'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought, how many men like him had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil, how many Mother's tears?
How many pilot's planes shot down above the deep blue sea?
How many foxholes were soldier's graves, no, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of taps one night, when everything was still;
I listened to the bugler play, and felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times, that Taps had meant, 'Amen';