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Summary: Using a true story from the Civil War as an illustratio n, this sermon explores what we owe to those who served our country as well as Jesus Christ!

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"What We Owe To A Veteran!"

LUKE 23:26-46

26 Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.

27And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him.

28But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.

29For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ’Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’

30Then they will begin ’to say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!" ’

31For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?"

32There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.

35And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God."

36The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself."

38And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us."

40But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?

41And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."

42Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."

43And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

44Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

45Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, ’into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ " Having said this, He breathed His last.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918,

the world celebrated!

WHY?

Because World War I was over.

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation

to celebrate Armistice Day on November 11.

In 1938, the day was declared a national holiday.

In 1954, the name was changed to Veterans’ Day

in honor of all U.S. soldiers of any war.

We have veterans in our congregation…

….Jim Hedrick, Bill Bennett, Sandra Waggoner & Gene Hulfachor.

To them and to all veterans we say, "Thank you!"

Transition:

Have you ever heard the story of The Palmyra Massacre”?

On September 12, 1862, Confederate Army Col. Joseph E. Porter decided to raid Palmyra, Missouri and release the 45 Confederate prisoners who had been captured and placed in the county jail. He picked a time when most of the Union forces were off on a wild-goose chase at Monticello. Colonel Porter and about 400 men slipped into the town. They captured several prisoners and among them was 60 year old Andrew Allsman, a Union sympathizer who had the reputation of betraying his Confederate neighbors to the militia. He was much disliked by the Confederates. Col. Porter, after occupying the town for about two hours, felt that he had accomplished his purpose. The prisoners in the jail were freed, arms and supplies were confiscated and some horses taken before the Rebel soldiers withdrew from the town.


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Danny Brightwell

commented on Nov 6, 2013

I loved this lesson. Thank you for sharing it.

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