Grace For The Journey
Today Americans commemorate all the men and women who paid the ultimate price to protect and defend our freedom while in the service of our great nation. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, and was first observed on May 30 of that year, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial Day is now celebrated on the last Monday in May as an established time for our nation to honor those who gave their all for all of us.
There was another who gave His all for all of us; His name is Jesus Christ. He gave more than anyone could ever give when He willingly and without reservation went to the cross on Golgotha’s Hill so that men and women would be set free from sin, Satan, and the judgment to come. Scripture declares this glorious truth: “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God” (Romans 5:8-9).
Whenever Christians partake of the Lord’s Supper, it is Memorial Day, for our Savior commanded us to “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). Yet, every day should be a day of remembering for all those who were bought with the precious blood of Jesus. Every day is a time to remember the work of Christ, which was nothing less than an all-out assault against sin, Satan, and the judgment to come. Every day is a time to remember the work of Christ for people who were desperately in need of rescue and totally incapable of rescuing ourselves. Every day is a time to remember that every aspect of our existence is to be shaped by His claim on our lives.
Remembering what Christ has done for us provides us with the ultimate purpose to go further up and further into the Gospel of grace. Every thought, every desire, every word, and every deed is to be shaped by the cross. Vertically our lives should be marked by a sold-out love for God and horizontally they are to be marked by a sold-out love for others. The grace we have received is designed to make us communicators and conduits of grace in the lives of others.
Along the way, the King who has sought us and bought us gets all the glory.
This is God Word … This is Grace for your Journey
… Rest And Rejoice In The Wonderful Truth!