INTRODUCTION: This weekend is the time when our country commemorates "Memorial Day." This day, which has more than one possible origin, has been designated as a time when our nation can pause and remember those men and women who laid down their lives to keep us free. It was once known as National Decoration Day, for the practice of putting flowers on the graves of those who served in the military.
As with most of our holidays in the United States, Memorial Day has been turned into an opportunity to take an extra day off for recreation, instead of it's original purpose. This is unfortunate. I think that Memorial Day is still a good idea.
As Christians, we need to take time to remember some spiritual matters.
I. THE BIBLE GIVES US A NUMBER OF INSTANCES WHERE GOD'S PEOPLE WERE CALLED UPON TO REMEMBER.
A. God's creative power.II. REMEMBER CHRISTIAN.....WHAT IT WAS LIKE WITHOUT CHRIST.1. Exodus 20:8-11 ""Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9- Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10- but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11- For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it."B. God's salvation.1. The children of Israel were to remember God's deliverance each day of the Passover feast.a. Exodus 13:2-4 ""Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine." 3- And Moses said to the people: "Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten." 4- ""On this day you are going out, in the month Abib."
A. Alienated from GodIII. REMEMBER...WHAT CHRIST DID FOR YOU.1. Colossians 1:21- "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled"B. Wallowing in the guilt and mire of sin.
A. He became poor so we could become rich.1. 2 Corinthians 8:9- "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich."B. He emptied himself so we could be filled.1. Philippians 2:5-8
C. He took the penalty of sin upon himself so we could be free.
1. Romans 5:18- "Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life."
D. He was separated from God so that we might be reunited.IV. LET US REMEMBER SOME OTHERS THINGS TODAY1. Ephesians 2:14- "For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15- having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16- and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity."E. He shed his blood so that we could be cleansed.1. Revelation 5:9-10 "And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10- And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.""F. In short, we remember all of these facts when we take of the Lord's Supper each Lord's day.
A. Remember those who died for the faith.CONCLUSION: Finally, let us always remember that the Lord has prepared a home for us in Heaven. Let us remember and never forget!1. Remember Stephen (Acts 7:58-60).B. Remember the many who risked their lives, property, and freedom in order to bring the Bible to us.
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