No Greater Love
The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs has the following on its website this Veteran's Day:
"For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November."
This day strikes a chord with every American, but I have noticed that it resonates even more with Christians. Why is that? A few reasons come to mind.
1) Christians have a unique perspective on how much God loves the people He has created. Our Veterans went to stand in between those who would take the lives of those people that are so precious to God.
2) The concept of freedom, the very thing they set out to defend, is at the core of who we are in Christ. Though American freedom and our freedom in Him aren't identical, there are similarities that connect the two.
But I think the main reason is this...
3) To be willing to lay down your life for another, the highest act of sacrifice, reminds Christians of the Savior.
Speaking to his disciples, Jesus tells them how they are to love each other. It is simple: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12). Christ modeled for them an example of how to love, and His act of dying on the cross was the highest demonstration of His love for them. He didn't withhold even his body and blood (think: Communion) to lay down his life for them.
He did it to show His great love for mankind. There is no greater statement of love that He could have made. He even says this explicitly: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).
Our Veterans set out, some of them multiple times, willing to lay down their lives for us. We are grateful to them, and they remind of the greatest sacrifice.
To our Veterans, thank you for your service.
May the One who laid down His life for you, bless you on this Veteran's Day.
See you Sunday!