In the United States, we celebrate Memorial Day the last weekend in May to remember and honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. We pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Normally the king, general, or highest ranking officer commands the army from a safe position, removed from the front lines of battle. Yet there is one King who went right to the battlefield and offered the greatest sacrifice.
Jesus. King of kings, Lord of Lords, Commander of legions of angel armies, Ruler of all, left the safety of His throne to put on a coat of skin and walk on the front lines. As expected, He was brutally tortured and killed. We remember His sacrifice.
Yet, unlike any other warrior that died in battle, Jesus rose again. He returned to His throne victorious. Through His death He defeated death so that whoever believes in Him can be truly free.
Just as soldiers protect us from worldly threats, Jesus protects and saves us from the enemy of our souls. We should remember that, and not just once a year.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal 5.1