As I watched some Memorial Day celebrations on TV yesterday, I was struck again by the hundreds of thousands who have given their lives on a battlefield someplace in order to provide or protect our freedom or the freedom of others. It is an incredible sacrifice! One we must never overlook or take for granted. In Romans 5:7 Paul writes, “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.” Many brave men and women have dared to die for a noble cause and we enjoy the fruit of their sacrifice. But Paul goes on to say in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ’s love, Christ’s sacrifice of His life goes beyond anything we could imagine. It would like an American soldier in WW 2 volunteering to die in a Nazi’s place. Dying for your enemies is not the way to win a war. But it is the way that Jesus chose: he chose to die for us while we were still sinners; while we were at our worst, while we were still actively or passively fighting against the loving leadership of God in our lives. So this Memorial Day week, I am reminded of someone who loved me so much that He died in my place while I was far from Him. That is amazing love.
Pastor Bob Luhn