The Life Laid Down For You

May 30 is the traditional Memorial Day. We consider those gone on. They were given a choice and put themselves in harm’s way for us. They paid the supreme sacrifice inn giving their lives for others.

There is nothing more endearing to say about Christ. He died for us while we were yet sinners. We read this in the book of John chapter 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Jesus told his disciples this and the truth is the same for us. Jesus had one shot at life. In verse 13 he said there is no greater love that to die for your friends. In verse 14 he turned to the disciples and told them they were his friends.

Every fallen soldier gave his life for another. Because of the soldier’s blood we have the life and freedom we have today. We should be thankful for those who have done this. These soldiers laid down their lives, but none of them could save a soul. They died for freedom. In order for us to be released from sin, one who had no sin had to fight the enemy to the death. He faced the devil and fought for our sins. He bore the weapon and the sufferings on the battle field called Calvary.  He faced sin, empty religion and Adam’s race and looked Satan right in the eye. He was weak from the hands of the sin of others, but his truth is marching on.

Looking down at those who deserved to be on that hill, he thought of them as friends. Soldiers love their country and go to foreign soil to defend it.  Jesus too was on foreign soil and the battle was of sin. The thorns from the curse of the fall of Adam became a crown. He wore it, not taking it off. He could have said “it’s not worth it.” But he looked further than Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria. He saw us.  His first words from the cross were “Father, forgive them.”  Then six hours later he said “it is finished.” He had taken the cross of suffering as a weapon; he took the nails and pegged the devil once and for all; the thorny crown of suffering became one of victory.  It became our crown of righteousness.

Jesus could have called us enemies.  He gave his one chance at life on this earth for his friends.  Can we ask for any greater friend? Can we ask for anymore willingness to defend? Jesus went to war for us and died to the death. He was a fallen soldier who rose the third day. He raised hands that were wounded, and we have salvation forever. He delivered us all.

Look at what he laid down for us. Then take a look at yourself- your life. What of your breath have you given him? How many beats of your heart have you given? How many words of prayer and testimony have you said? How much emotion and thought have you given to him? How many of your movements are toward Him?

In Acts 17 Luke said that in Jesus we live and move and have our being. We live every moment for what we wish? In Jesus’ dying breath he thought of us. Can we not think and do more for him? Trust Him. Accept what He did for you. Receive Him. Follow the Captain of your Salvation who laid down His life for you. Be his friend.