As Memorial Day approaches, I want to take a moment and honor all those that have served this great nation in both military and civilian capacities to ensure the domestic tranquility, liberties and freedoms we enjoy.
Especially, I want to honor and remember those who paid a terrible price, nay the ultimate price, to give us a nation where we can worship God as we choose and teach our children about the beliefs, morals and ethics we hold dear.
I am reminded during this time of the continuous sacrifices that have been made throughout the decades to instill, liberty, justice and freedom from the clutches of tyranny and oppression. It is with a solemn heart that I offer my gratitude and my salute to them all.
Likewise, for the sake of freedom there was another who paid the ultimate price. I am speaking of course of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus was driven by the loving desire to see us both set free from oppression and to have a life that could be lived abundantly.
For that, He freely laid down His life. Because of His great love for humanity, He was beaten, ridiculed, shamed and put to death. While there are many who gave their lives in wars for political freedom, Jesus gave His life so that the entire world would have the opportunity to know what true freedom is.
Freedom that transcends from the supernatural and spiritual into the natural realm in which we live.
Consider the words of Jesus in His dedication to our freedom and abundant life:
John 8:31-36 - NKJV
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
John 10:10 - NKJV
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Just as the wars we fought in the natural were waged and won and our enemies defeated for the sake of freedom, there was another war that had been waging since the beginning of time. One that was not merely in the natural but one for the souls of men and women.
The good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ however, is that the war has been won. The unconditional defeat and subjugation of the tyrannical spiritual oppressors of this world have forever been broken. The judgement verdict has been given in the tribunal courts of Heaven and someday soon, Jesus is coming back to the Earth to execute those judgements to incarcerate and destroy those who have oppressed and tried to destroy spiritual liberty and life abundant.
In closing, I want to say that while many revile this great country from within and trample the blood of patriots who freely gave all, the world is a better and safer place because of America. Does America have a perfect history? No, no nation in the entire history of mankind is without fault or sin. Yet, through the nation of the United States of America the entire world has had a historical glimpse of what freedom looks like in the natural and political sense.
Through that freedom, the world has also come to know in the greatest way imaginable, the absolute and spiritual freedom that mankind can know through this man Jesus Christ.
In an indirect way, one could say that patriots of this country who gave their lives, secured liberty so that the freedom that only Christ can give could be further perpetuated.
For that reason, I further honor those who gave their lives on the battlefield. That men and women may know freedom in the most powerful demonstration of the word and concept.