“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [NRSV]
He Gave His Life
Through this very familiar passage we find the treasure of assurance of God’s Love and Sacrifice and our Purpose and Salvation
Honoring those who have given their life for country, church, faith and…
More that Remembering
Just as we honor and remember those who have died this Memorial Day, it is essential not only to recognize the loss of some family’s know more closely than others, but we also look at the greater good that comes when someone sacrifices for the rest of us.
This is not to be taking as lightly as we do.
In remembering what God has done for us through Jesus’s death and resurrection we acknowledge the love and sacrifice, but we also claim the greater good that comes through this service for us.
More than Memorial
Just as those who gave their life of our country and communities, they did not serve to get credit or fame or just to be remembered. They did it for duty, love, respect, trust and to save those who them they love and nation that is our home.
Jesus didn’t died to be remembered only. His death was a sacrificial death. God trades the value and meaning and purpose of his Child’s life for ours.
Not only do we honor with words and songs and memories on an annual day of remembering, we honor their service by living on in their stead.
Likewise, God service and sacrifice being the greatest gift for us, is not simply to impress or to give a reason for honoring and worshiping God, it is so that we will live on in the place of Christ
The Body of Christ
This is the trade. We live because of the life of others. Graduates give thanks to the parents, grands, teachers, friends and mentors that guided them toward graduation. The students steps that follow graduation is to do something with the next part of their life that is fruit of the labor and seed of new life.
We, the church, are being tested. The exam is this:
- Are we living as Christ or simply remembering the past traditions?
- Are we honoring the memory of Christ, or are we sharing the living Christ with a suffering and broken world?
- Are we honoring the idea of a loving God, but looking for every way to tear down our enemies?
- Is God’s sacrifice and love being lived out in our words and witness?