Friday, August 22, 2014

What greater love?

11/15/2013

Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Veterans Day was this week. How appropriate! Many vets laid down their lives for their country. Looking at the War Memorial with its multitude of names, one old vet said, “These were my friends. I came back, but they didn’t.” He had tears in his eyes.

Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Veterans Day was this week. How appropriate! Many vets laid down their lives for their country. Looking at the War Memorial with its multitude of names, one old vet said, “These were my friends. I came back, but they didn’t.” He had tears in his eyes.

Yet how cheap the Obama government has looked upon their sacrifice. Consider how his administration classified the Fort Hood terror victims as lives lost in “work-place” violence. This blocked the families from getting their due. Or recently the shutdown of Obama’s federal government delayed just compensation for military members when the stroke of his pen would have exempted those who were paying the ultimate price. Further, consider the reassigning of the duties of NASA from exploration and security research to that of keeping the murderous Muslims happy. These are the very people who in recent years murdered so many of our veterans.

The list nearly is endless. More than 700,000 wait in line for the V.A to move on their behalf. The Obama government looks the other way. Yet we cannot overlook how pleasurable Guantanamo has been for those murderers who killed 3,000 Americans in bringing down the Twin Towers.

But thanks to our veterans, as Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Yet consider this: Jesus Himself fulfilled this sacrificial love. The veterans died for our freedom. They are to be lauded unmeasurably.

Jesus, however, died for the payment of our sins. The Apostle Paul said: “For [God] hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Father regarded and treated Jesus as a substitute sinner, allowing Him to regard and treat believers as righteous. Regarding Jesus as a sinner and treating Him as such means His death was more than physical death.

It was the damnation of His soul.

That’s why He screamed on the cross, “My God. My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Those who accept His sacrifice as the full and final payment for their sins will find it easy to bow their knees and acclaim Him their Lord.

Our martyred veterans did all they could for our freedom. Jesus did what was necessary for our salvation. We thank God for both!

 

— Daryl McNabb,

pastor, Peniel Bible Church, Waverly

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