Memorial Day

J. D. Conley
May 28, 2017

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States. Tomorrow our citizenry will observe this holiday to remember those who gave their lives in military service to our Country. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day following the War between the States in 1868. It was a established as a time for our nation to decorate the graves of those who sacrificed their lives on the battlefield. Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a time of remembering those who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. The observance of these days is commendable and those who will be honored are worthy. There are not enough flowers and flags in the world with which to decorate, to show our profound respect for those who gave their lives to insure our freedom. Tomorrow let us honor these noble fallen.

But today is a memorial day too. In fact the memorial day! For it was on this day two-thousand years ago Christ broke the bonds of death to “proclaim liberty to the captives” (Isaiah 61:1). It is Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, we are to remember on this day and upon every first day of the week by partaking of the Lord‘s Supper, (Acts 20:7). It was on this day the doors to the kingdom were opened and “about three thousand souls were added” (Acts 2:41). It was the shed blood of Christ that made all of this possible. He gave His life, that we might live. He gave His life to insure our freedom from the bondage of sin, (Gal. 4:3). With these facts before us, should we not decorate our lives in His memory? How do we go about doing this? It’s certainly not done with flowers or flags, placed at the door of the empty tomb. Rather we decorate our lives in His memory by living as He lived. By going about “doing good” (Acts 10:38), which encompasses all He did. We teach the lost as He did, (Mt. 5:2). We live pure lives, as He did, (1 Pet. 2:22). We show acts of kindness and compassion as He did, (Mk. 5:19). We visit the sick and feed the hungry because He did, (Mk. 8:2; Mt. 4:23). These, and many others, are ways in which people see Christ in us.

Tomorrow [if it comes] will be a great day of remembrance, and rightfully so. But today towers over tomorrow because of what the Son of God did for all, which was, “he tasted death for every man” (Heb.2:9). May we remember His great sacrifice on this day, and every first day of the week.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities” (Isa. 53:5a).