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cropped-rose-white-and-pinkHebrews 10:12, “This Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God”

Revelation 5:12, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive … honor and glory and blessing”

Go back with me in time to the Vietnam War. On March 21, 1969, a Marine patrol in Vietnam descended a steep bank to fill their canteens in a stream. As they stooped in two feet of water, the area suddenly exploded with machine-gun fire and grenades. Several men were hit and according to an official report, one soldier, “with complete disregard for his own safety, assisted several Marines. Despite the heavy fire, he made several trips … until he himself was wounded and unable to continue.” Twenty-one years later, one of the men who had been pulled out of the water learned that the friend who had rescued him was still alive. He set out to see that he was recognized for his heroism. The Marine eventually found his friend, Jim Lahr, who was now paralyzed from the waist down. With a heart full of appreciation, he saw Jim received a long-delayed and much-deserved Bronze Star.

Closing thoughts:

I am deeply moved by this Marine’s desire to honor the one who saved his life. But that makes me wonder about my lack of emotion for the One who paid a far greater price to save me. When Jesus Christ bore our sins at Calvary (1 Peter 2:24) He provided a sacrifice for us. Although innocent of any wrongdoing, He was crucified, taking upon Himself the punishment for our sin. Thus, He provided the only way to establish a relationship with a Holy God. My friend, Jesus the resurrected Savior invites all men, women and children to come humbly in child like faith to Him. By believing that He died in our place on the cross, we receive full forgiveness and pardon. No one deserves the honor that Jesus Christ does, and no one has sacrificed as much. No wonder all heaven will praise Him forever and ever and no wonder the hymn writer Horatius Bonar exclaimed, “Hallelujah for the cross!” Because He lives, we who trust in Him will live forever in the joy and glory of His fellowship! (John 14:19). Each day let’s thank Jesus for dying for us. He is a real Savior for real sinners. The only question that remains is:

(1) Have you accepted God’s gift of salvation through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ?

Salvation is free, but it’s not yours until you ask for it.