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May 23, 2017, 2:54 PM

We are not worthy


    Monday is Memorial Day! For many of us it marks the official first day of summer. For others it’s an opportunity to remember those who have passed from this life, especially those who gave their lives for others. When I see those who are hurting because they lost loved ones who gave their lives for others, I don’t know what to say. Happy Memorial Day just doesn’t sound or seem right. I sometimes wish I could ask one of the fallen what to say, of course that will never happen. There is a famous Memorial Day speech, often quoted that implores us to think of life and not death on this day. I’m convinced that’s one thing we should do to honor those who gave their lives for us. Their sacrifice follows the example of Jesus laying down his life for all of mankind. Not so that we could morn his death, but that we could live, and live eternally!

    John would write these words long after Jesus died and rose. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. His call for us is to also lay down our lives for our brothers.

    I think I see some similarities between military service and biblical examples. Here is what I mean. The act of laying down one’s life is not dependent on the worthiness of the recipient of this wonderful gift. The giving of a life is a truly honorable act, and in a perfect world the one receiving the freedom and grace would be worthy of such a wonderful gift. We all know that’s just not the way it works in this world. Over and over again we read, the worthy gives of himself to the un-worthy.

"As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11

But the centurion said, "Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Matthew 8:8

But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, "Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!" Luke 5:8

    I read the news account and watched a video from last Wednesday of a girl falling onto the subway tracks. The approaching train was less than a minute away. Several jumped down and pulled her to safety. It reminded me of how helpless we can all find ourselves. Anija Lender, who suffered only a sprained ankle had this to say, “I'm so glad people came and helped me.  I know if that was me, I would have been scared to jump on the tracks knowing the train was so close, I believe in God, I feel like God really had my back. He was right there with me," The rescuers didn’t have a discussion to determine if she was worthy of mercy, they just acted. I think she was right, God had her back. It reminds me of what Paul says, “You see, at just the right time, when we helpless, Christ died for us!” I know Anija will never forget, and neither should we.

How memorable is that day to you? Have a great week! I love you all.

Philip


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