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The Lord's Memorial Day

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on May 28, 2022

This Memorial Day is set aside to honor in remembrance those who have fought and died for our country. We cannot forget those heroic measures of each soldier and sailor, having given their all for the freedoms that we now enjoy. There is another freedom that the believer enjoys because of the ONE who died, having fought the battle of sin, AND WON. There is the freedom given by the Captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10), the Lord Jesus Christ, “having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15). Yes, sin’s price has been paid, “In whom (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). So, freedom from sin’s punishment, the law no longer condemning us, and the Holy Spirit’s liberating power over our sin nature are all for the believer to enjoy: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free” (Galatians 5:1).

So, make every day HIS MEMORIAL DAY, remembering that Jesus fought the battle of sin, taking sin’s punishment for you on the cross. The Roman letter tells us why: “God commenedth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (5:8). “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” (v. 9). You see “He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Now, that gives us freedom from the fear of death and eternal punishment. You see, when God works in our heart giving us repentant belief, and when we call upon him to be saved (Romans 10:13), the Lord takes our sin and forgives it. That’s not all, HE takes HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and betows it to us, fitting us for heaven (1 Corinthians 1:30). The Old Testament prophet Isaiah foretold what HE did for us, of which we cannot fail to memorialize: “He will swallow up death in victory … for the LORD hath spoken it” (25:8). The price paid for our freedom in this country is marked upon rows of rows of white crosses at VA cemeteries; let’s not forget those who gave their lives for that liberty. Then, let us not forget the price paid for our freedom from sin, guilt, and punishment all marked by Calvary’s blood stained cross. Oh, make every day His Memorial Day.