On Veteran’s Day we all honor present and past Americans who have served our country. Frequently we honor those who have died in combat. I personally know of several men who were killed by enemy fire in combat. Hyde, Lo, Parten, Vogeler, Katzenberger, and Plutino. These men are just a few of those I personally knew before they died serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Additionally, many of you reading this blog also know of other Americans who have died to protect our freedom. The list of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have died in service to our country is a long list. Today, Americans honor all veterans and especially those who have died in military service.
Last night I was looking through Facebook and I noticed several comments from several people that said generally the same thing I wrote in the above paragraph. Post after post they came across my news feed. I was somewhat surprised at how incredibly thankful everyone seemed to be for their veterans. Fathers, brothers, husbands, and the deceased were all honored. As I was reading through my news feed, I thought of a particular verse in the bible. Romans 5:6-8 says, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Soldiers die involuntarily for their friends. No soldiers wants to die but they continue in the fight because their buddies need them. It is a noteworthy virtue of mankind. We honor them because they should be honored. And we are thankful for their sacrifice because we should be. From there sacrifice comes our freedom. Freedom certainly is not free. But there is One who did much more and who is worthy of all honor.
Christ voluntarily died for His enemies. The above passage of Scripture says that Christ died while we were “helpless”, “ungodly” and “sinners”. Christ died for those who chanted “crucify him, crucify him!” Christ died for those who spat on him and cursed him while he hung on the cross. Christ died for the Roman guard that drove a spear into his side. Christ died for the drunk. Christ died for the fornicator. Christ died for the liar. Christ died for the homosexual. Christ died for the murderer. He died for His enemies. And Christ took on this mission from His heavenly Father voluntarily. John 10:17,18 says, “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative.”
How thankful are you to Christ? Have you thought about the magnitude of His death? Do you know that you are a sinner who justly deserves God’s displeasure? Have you accepted His pardon for sin and free gift of eternal life by faith?
To Him be the glory forever.