Remember Me

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
– (John 15:13, NKJV)

Memorial Day — a day of national remembrance.  We honor our military, remember fallen soldiers.  American flags will wave their tribute from numerous graves.  No greater love — brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country, protecting our freedom and securing freedom for others living under oppression.

Each branch of America’s military has their own creed, an oath to serve.  I will share two.*

Air Force Creed

…I am an American Airman.
Guardian of Freedom and Justice…

Coast Guard Creed

…I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to rescue those in peril.  With God’s help, I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works…

A small town remembers.  Shortly before the 9/11 attack, painting began for a wall mural on the side of an old building — “Liberty Remembers” — a tribute to local military heroes.  From military photographs, memorabilia, and interviews, Eric Grohe painted 284 selected portraits on the columns of the mural — representing every American conflict from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm.  Since completion, 9/11 has added a somber poignancy to the mural.

The cost of our freedom is paid with the soldiers’ blood.   Americans remember.

'In remembrance of me."

‘In remembrance of me.”

 “I am the good shepherd . . . and I lay down my life for the sheep.  The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
– (John 10:14,15, 17-18, NIV).

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  – (Luke 22:19, NKJV).

The cost of our salvation was paid with the blood of Jesus.  Recently, we had communion, The Lord’s Supper, in remembrance.

All mankind is born under the oppression of sin and spiritual death — “For all have sinned…”Romans 3:23.   Jesus is God’s oath (promise) of freedom from the bondage of sin and spiritual death, His “noblest work.”  Through Christ’s death on the cross, we can choose forgiveness (liberation) from sin and have eternal life through salvation.  “Greater love” —  Jesus willingly gave his life for everyone on the cross.  Jesus is the guardian for man’s spiritual freedom and God’s justice; victory over sin was forever won at Calvary.

Before His crucifixion, Jesus gathered His disciples for what would be their last supper.  Using symbolism, Jesus referred to the wine as His shed blood, the bread as his broken body.  As He blessed the meal, Jesus had one request, “This do in remembrance of me.”

“Remember me.”

A church remembers.  The sanctuary was dimly lit by candlelight, reverently quiet for communion, The Lord’s Supper.  As I held the symbolic piece of bread in my hand, I thought of Calvary, the broken body of Jesus, my personal Savior.  Preparing my heart in prayer, I remember.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for our country, our freedom, and for our military.  Bless them.  Watch over our troops and their families.  I pray for those who have lost loved ones, for comfort and peace.  Let us not forget them.  Thank you for communion, a time to remember Calvary in worship.  I love you.  ~Amen

*Creeds from the Military Authority .

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~ by Debbie Richardson on May 23, 2013.

2 Responses to “Remember Me”

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