Summary: As followers of Christ loyalty at any price is expected.
REMEMBER THE ALAMO!
Sermon Objective: As followers of Christ loyalty at any price is expected.
We have begun a new series called “Lessons from the Wild West.” Last week we looked at: “Buffalo Bill Cody” (10:1-15) and discovered that he, just like the disciples of Jesus, was a common ordinary man who seized the opportunities given him and did memorable things. We learned that God wants to use us ordinary people in extraordinary ways too; that availability is more important than ability.
In coming weeks we will look at:
• “The Gunfight at OK Corral” (10:24-25)
• “Lessons from Sheriff Pat Garret” (10:34-42)
This week we will look at Matthew 10:16-33, “Remember the Alamo:
You know the men who were there -- at least some of them. They were notable men like: Lieutenant Colonels Jim (“A knife is always loaded”) Bowie, William B. Travis, and former U.S. House of Representative (Tennessee) Davey Crockett. These three are representatives of the valiant 183 who gave their lives in the battle. Even though not one man survived the war they showed their mettle -- eight Mexican soldiers died at the Alamo for every one Texan. They gave their lives for something bigger than themselves – Texas’ liberation from Mexico. For them it was the ultimate sacrifice -- but it had long reaching rewards for others.
All of the United States was behind the effort. There were men fighting at the Alamo from New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Other countries had representatives too: Germany, England, and Ireland just to name a few. The reason is because this small little fort was a microcosm of the human spirit which refused to be oppressed and longed to be set free.
The slaughter at the Alamo on March 4, 1836 ushered a declaration from Texas to Mexico claiming independence and establishing Sam Houston as the commander in chief. The death of the valiant men incited the United States and, afterward, volunteers came from everywhere. The fight that would come weeks later was swift and certain. In less than 18 minutes the mighty Mexican army under Santa Anna which destroyed the Alamo was slaughtered at San Jacinto. THE BLOOD OF THE ALAMO WARRIORS PROVED TO BE THE SEEDS OF VICTORY. THE CHANT “REMEMBER THE ALAMO!” WAS THEIR BATTLE CRY.
THERE IS A STRIKING RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN THE VALOR AND THE VALUES OF THE MEN IN THE ALAMO AND THOSE WHO SERVE JESUS CHRIST.
1. Both saw a picture that was bigger than their own wants and needs
2. Both ascribed to a higher calling with more noble values to govern and guide them
3. Both recognized that life does not find its meaning through ease and comfort but through loyalty, obedience, commitment, and sacrifice.
Lieutenant Colonels Jim Bowie and William B. Travis often gave stirring speeches to their men while barricaded away in the little fort against formidable odds. So does our leader. Listen to His words:
16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.