On this Memorial Day we consider the word "sacrifice." The word sacrifice as it is used today means to give up something of value for the sake of someone or something else. But its real meaning is deeper than that. Sacrifice has to do with death. Death is what made something a sacrifce. On Memorial Day we remember those who have given their lives to secure and maintain the freedoms and liberty that we enjoy today. As important as those sacrifices are, there is another, greater sacrifice that has secured and even greater freedom for all people of all time. That is the sacrifice that Jesus made when He gave up His life for sinners on the cross. Paul writes: “Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:2). We deserved death because of our sin against God, but Jesus took our place and died so that we might live. This sacrifice of Jesus is the most important thing in this life! As you celebrate Memorial Day today, consider also the sacrifice that Christ made to set you free from slavery to sin and death, and thank God for the salvation He has won for us through the sacrifice of Jesus!
May 29, 2017