For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45 (NKJV)
Today is Memorial Day here in the United States, a time where we pause and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in combat: from the Revolutionary War up to the current Afghan Conflict.
Over the past weekend, many commemorative activities took place all over the nation. We had the President laying a commemorative wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Fleet Week in New York City, parades, other wreath layings, patriotic social media posts, etc. It’s also the day of barbeques, beach openings, sales, and a day off for many.
It’s also the day we see the familiar slogan: “All gave some, some gave all” that tells us of the above sacrifices. However, I like to change it a bit to read, “All gave some, some gave all, yet One gave His all.”
You see, we need to remember that Jesus gave his all for humanity. The very sins that drove our wars Jesus on the cross: hate; imperialism; racism; genocide; and greed. In fact, it was Roman soldiers that nailed Jesus to the cross. Jesus gave his all while on Earth: he fed the masses, he healed the sick, he loved and reached out to the marginalized-he gave his all. He preached love, peace and the Kingdom/Queendon of God under the eyes of Roman oppression. In the end, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice.
While we go about remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Americans; let’s remember the One who made THE ultimate sacrifice for humankind. For one day, our statues and cemeteries will return to the dust they came from; and our military anecdotes of bravery and sacrifice will be lost to history. However, only what Jesus did will last throughout the ages.
(Note: Image of the Buffalo Soldiers Monument at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. I took this on April 15, 2011.)