This Memorial Day, families all across America are thinking of and praying for family members who sacrificed and shed their blood for this nation. As one famous general said; “War is hell.” From 1775 to 2019 —- 41,899,284 men and women have shed their blood for this country that they loved more than life itself. A huge majority of these patriots volunteered to willingly put their life on the line for us. For most of us it is a daunting thought that someone would willingly go to war and sacrifice their life by spilling their blood on the battlefield so that their loved ones could live a life in freedom.
To really appreciate the magnitude of their blood sacrifice we need to turn to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who willingly went to the cross and shed His blood for all of humanity. To truly know and understand freedom one must really know and understand Jesus Christ and His shed blood for us. John wrote of Jesus dialogue with the Pharisees: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. If God were your Father you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own, God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth to him. When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says! The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
The bottom line is that Jesus shed His blood at the cross so that we could not only have freedom from the ravages of sin but that we might enjoy the freedom of living during all of eternity with Jesus. “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the son and believes in Him shall have eternal life and I will raise them up at the last day.”
Jesus shed His blood for everyone of us and then tells us of a life in freedom with Him for all of eternity. That sounds like a mystery that we should all study and understand. Read about His story in the Bible and then read John 6:29-40 to understand what we should do about His shed blood. Freedom is a living thing that we all have the opportunity to enjoy. Try it ——- you’ll like it. God Bless.
The author is a retired businessman whose Christian service included director of the singles ministry in a 5,500 member church, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and director of youth ministry.
The author has also been a consultant to various Christian organizations including Christians For Urban Justice, Urban Home Ownership Corporation, and Habitat for Humanity.
Civic activity included Director of the Edison Inventor’s Association.
The author, now retired, was a principal and CEO of SAVE-ON-A/C, a wholesale distribution company, MARKETING CONCEPTS, a multi-faceted marketing company, and PINE ISLAND LUMBER, a full scale building material dealership.
Professional licenses include Land Title Law, Business Insurance Law, Real Estate and Mortgage Law, and Security Law Enforcement.