Memorial Day is a special day of remembrance, honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The soldier who lies in this grave is no exception even though his remains could not be identified. His name is not recorded but his sacrifice is commemorated even so. On this day we want to remember the incredible price paid by all the fallen, named or unnamed.
Today’s verse speaks of another sacrifice, one made to secure our freedom from the power and curse of sin. He has won the battle over evil and darkness forever. His name is known and has been for centuries. The name of Jesus is a polarizing one that has provoked hate, division and rebellion as well as love, unity and submission. His sacrifice to secure for us a future in Heaven was done out of love. And His love is the supreme example of a life-changing sacrificial love.
I remember Christ’s sacrifice not only on Good Friday and when taking communion, but hopefully everyday. I sometimes forget though how costly His sacrifice was. It was not only physical pain that Jesus endured but the incredible pain of separation from the Father. It was the first time in all of eternity that God turned away from His Son. And it was because of my sin. Jesus suffered that separation from God so I would not have to. His sacrifice is proof positive of His love for me! Every time I think on it I am overwhelmed with gratitude and a desire to make His name known!
Lord, remind me of Your sacrifice every day.