As we prepare to mark another Memorial Day, I have already heard the phrase “ultimate sacrifice” several times, and will no doubt here it again the rest of this weekend.
Many people did, indeed, make the ultimate sacrifice in giving their very lives in defense of our country, and we should remember them every day –
even beyond Memorial Day!
But this year, a thought has occurred to me that there is one who first made the “ultimate sacrifice” for man –
While living, Jesus taught the world how to live, and in dying, he taught the world what making the “ultimate sacrifice” really means.
Jesus wasn’t conscripted to die for us – although he was obeying our father in heaven.
Jesus was not ordered into harms way where he could possibly lose his life –
he gladly went and he offered no defense to those who claimed they could save his life.
Am I the only one who thinks it is a sad irony that the same people who claimed to have the power to save his life, also were the ones who sent Jesus to his death?
(perhaps this is a rabbit hole to followed another time?)
Jesus had so much love for man that he did not run
because he knew his dying could save us all.
Many men and women in our modern times chose not to run from harms way because they believed giving their lives could save others.
But just as the death of Jesus made it possible for us to be saved for eternity, others have died for us that has made it possible for us to be free while living in this world.
I find it tragic and sad that there is so much hate in the world – and yet – many have chose to die for us in so many wars that one would think we have so much love in the world that there would be no need for war.
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
God bless those who have made the “ultimate sacrifice” – including families who have given their loved ones – in the defense of our country.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.