Veterans Day

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. This is a day to honor all of the men and women who have spent a portion (if not all) of their lives serving this country and protecting our rights. I am extremely thankful!

Friday, was a day like any other for me. I woke up, went to work then went to watch our Oxford Yellow Jackets take on Tuscaloosa County in the first round of the State Playoffs. As I stood and covered my heart while Curry Cates did a great job singing the national anthem; I could not help but feel extremely blessed to be here at this place, at this time. It was a struggle to hold back tears of gratefulness, thinking of the men and women who have given their lives for me and my family.

I wonder if we feel the same amount of emotion when thinking of our savior? What about the sacrifice that God made?

Due to technology, one of the most famous passages of scripture ever is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Paul tells the Thessalonians in his second epistle to them, chapter two and verse 13, that God has given us salvation “through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

Pilate asked of Christ, the question humanity has been asking since the dawn of time, “What is truth?” (John 18.38). In the eighth chapter of The Gospel of John, verse 32, Jesus tells us, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Freedom and the sacrifices made for it, is what Veterans day is all about.

Romans the sixth chapter addresses the freedom we can have through Jesus Christ… the truth.

In the first verse of this chapter Paul starts out asking a question. “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” In other words, why continue to live a life of sin, when God though his benevolence has given us a way to avoid those chains?

He then states in Romans 6:3-7 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (7) For he that is dead is freed from sin.”

We become free from sin, when we obey God through baptism.

On Veterans day we are very appreciative of the sacrifices that have been made for our freedoms. How appreciative are you of the sacrifices that God and Jesus made?

Take advantage of God’s grace. Believe on Jesus Christ as John 3.16 exhorts us to and be “buried with him by baptism” as Paul instructed the Romans. This is true freedom; for even if we lived in a country that our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness was not the backbone of our constitution and even if we didn’t have Veterans that were willing to stand up for those “alienable” rights, we would still have freedom through Jesus Christ!

May God bless us all!


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