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Summary: The sermon shares the sacrifices of our armed services and the altmate sacrifice Jesus did for us.

“Sacrifice”, “Lord, Help Me Get one more” Hebrews 9:24-28

1. November 11, 1911 World War 1 ended exactly 100 years ago today.

• The war had been going for four long years,

• Consider the Sacrifices 9 million soldiers dead, 21 million wounded.

• Germany, Russia, France and Great Britain each lost around a million soldiers.

• The United States lost 116,000, twice the number killed in Vietnam. That’s a lot of sacrifice.

2. All wars create a lot of sacrifice Today we honor our veterans because of their Sacrifices.

• November 1, 1912 became known as Armistice Day. WWI called “the war to end all wars”

• It became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938, and later, in the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, the name was changed to Veterans Day

3. One Soldier who sacrificed Desmond Doss was a devout Christian who refused to touch a weapon or work on the Sabbath. He enlisted in the Army during World War II became combat medic. Army wanted nothing to do with him. “He just didn’t fit the Army’s model of what a good soldier would be,”

• His battalion considered him a pest. They saw him as a slacker and threw shoes at him

while he prayed.

• But at Okinawa in the spring of 1945, Doss and his company faced a grueling task: They had to climb a steep, cliff and face thousands of heavily armed Japanese soldiers.

• Doss climbed the ridge and crawled dragging wounded soldiers to safety.

• The whole time he prayed, “Lord, please help me get one more.”

• Doss saved 75. The soldiers who had shamed him now praised him, and his captain described him as “one of the bravest persons alive.” President Harry Truman awarded Doss the Medal of Honor in 1945, and more than 70 years later, he was the hero of the movie Hacksaw Ridge. He was, and is, an example of a veteran who sacrificed

4. Jesus Sacrificed for all

• When Jesus made his sacrifice, he “appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice

of himself” (v. 26).

• Through his death on the cross, Jesus bore “the sins of many,” and the result is that we are

restored to a right relationship with God (v. 28).

• The sacrifice of Christ is good news for all of us who struggle with sin and guilt.

• “Jesus died on a cross to show us what love looks like in action.” “No one has greater love than this, to

lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

• The death of Jesus saves us from our sins by giving us a new path for our lives, one that

challenges us to follow Christ in the way of love.

5. The motto of veterans “leave no man behind” Jesus has this same motto “for whosoever will”

• His Sacrifices Draws, compels, and attracts souls. 32 If I be lifted up I will draw all men to myself."

• His Sacrifice over powered death: Jesus’s death destroyed him who holds the power of death--that is, the

devil-- 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

• His Sacrifice offered us a Fountain that cleanses 131"On that day a fountain will be opened to the

• house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.

• His Sacrifice was the offering that was pure, perfect, uncontaminated, Unpolluted, untainted

His sacrifice offers us access to no more crying, no more sickness, no more pain, no more

sorrow, no more death.

• His Sacrifice allows me to appear before God because He removes our sins, cast them as far as eat is to the west I am covered, I am converted, I am convinced, I am Sheltered in the Everlasting Arms

• Let us sacrifice to gather the lost in “Lord please help me get one more” lost soul. Leave no one behind, I don’t want no one to perish but to come to repentance.

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