A Day to Remember

As we mark Memorial Day in America, it is certainly a day to remember. Yesterday at the church where I serve, we asked those whose family has lost someone in the defense of our country and our freedom to stand for recognition. I was amazed at how many families stood. It was sobering.

We certainly owe a debt of gratitude for the sacrifice made by so many.

As followers of Christ, we remember that one has no greater love than to die for his friends.

That’s exactly what Jesus did for us.

We must remember His sacrifice as well.

He gave His all for us. Not only did He die for us but He also took our sin upon Himself.

The Apostle Peter described what Jesus did for the sin of the world. God gave His Son for our sin. Jesus was delivered up “by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God.” Peter reminded them of their horrific act of nailing Israel’s Messiah to a cross “by the hands of godless men and put Him to death” (Acts 2:23).

All of that would be worth remembering, but the next words show us the mighty power of God to save for all time. “And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power” (Acts 2:24).

Peter reminded them of the words of the Prophet Joel who spoke of God’s great plan so that “it shall be, that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

On this day of remembrance, let us also remember the ultimate hope and glory that in Christ we have hope for all eternity. God has made Him who they crucified both Lord and Christ.

Let us rejoice in Him.


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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. — Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)