Bible Ballistics: BBs #210 SALUTE!!!
Happy Veteran’s Day to those here in the United States. As we think about those in any country who lay down their lives to protect and defend their homeland, I personally “Salute” those who serve in the military; who set aside their own personal comfort and convenience to serve and protect. I also “Salute” those who serve every day in communities as Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters!
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13
While Jesus calls us to love one another, that can often be a challenge! But not just “love”; Jesus calls us to love others “as I have loved you”! And Jesus loved us all the way to the cross, where He “lay down his life” for all who will believe in His substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for sin. As an old song says, “He paid a debt He didn’t owe, because I owed a debt I could NOT pay”! Jesus laid down His life for ME! For YOU!! He paid MY sin debt!
So we ought to say thank you today and every day to those who give themselves for our safety, first and foremost Jesus Christ who gave Himself that we might LIVE!
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:12-14
And while military men and women have died for various nations and causes throughout history, at the very best they accomplished only temporary solutions to various issues of freedom, borders, property or sovereignty. But Jesus was different –He came “once” for “all”.
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10
He is the victor, even though we have not yet seen the final exhibit of HIS SOVEREIGNTY. And just as military men and women must stand with due diligence to fulfill their duty, we are called to serve Jesus in all our ways. To live for Jesus continually with a life lived, by the power of His Holy Spirit and the truth of His Word!
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 1:3
And we can contend for the “faith”, because Our Lord Jesus made provision, just as He declared from the cross:
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30
He did it all for you and me. He paid the “ultimate price” as He “lay down his life for his friends”!!! And dear ones you can be His friend if you will but repent of your sin and trust in his sacrifice for YOU!! Accept HIS finished work and live as HIS friend, for He will “never leave you…”
So, “Salute” and ‘thank’ our military veterans who are giving today. And thank God for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. And most importantly, thank God for Jesus—who not only made the “ultimate sacrifice” but who IS the “Ultimate Sacrifice “ for YOU. For all time!!!