Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 NIV
He should know.His entire existence on earth was about laying down his life to save people who couldn't save themselves. He volunteered, enlisted, jumped at the chance to leave His glorious home and His beloved Father in Heaven to go to a completely foreign and hostile place to fight for the freedom of a world of people, most of whom hated Him. That's right--He laid down His life, not just for His friends, but even for people while they were still His enemies. Greater love indeed! Veteran's Day. . . Remembrance Day north of the border, is a day to remember those who have fought to secure our freedom. We remember them because of the selflessness of their sacrifice and willingness to lay down their lives for others in the greatest demonstration of love possible. As we remember, let us never miss in their example, the echo of the young man of Nazareth who gave His life, all the way to dying, out of His love for each of us. Our veterans have purchased national freedom from tyranny for us with their blood, sweat and tears. Jesus bought us eternal freedom from the tyranny of sin with His perfect, sinless blood, selfless sweat and tender tears. In both cases, the only gratitude that can approach the greatness of the sacrifice is the gratitude that lives out its freedom with the same love and honor and passion as those whose blood secured that freedom. We should live like we know it was blood-bought, and NEVER take it for granted. My most humble thanks to all our heroic veterans--I can never express the depth of my thanks. May God's richest blessings and protection be abundantly on you and your families. And to the King of Kings, the greatest Hero of all, who set aside everything to come to my rescue, my life is Yours.
"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." 1 John 3:16 NIV
Go out of your way to honor a veteran today! A simple, but heartfelt "Thank you for your service," is enough to light their face with a smile.