Happy Memorial Day!
On behalf of The Reborn Church of Phoenix, we like to thank everyone who has served in the military. We appreciate your sacrifice in service to protect our freedom and rights within this country.
Since it is Memorial Day, we should take time to consider all of the blessings that God has bestowed upon us in this country. As we reflect on our freedoms, we can’t help but consider those who sacrificed themselves for us to have these freedoms. Memorial Day not only helps us to remember the past, but it also provides us with hope for the future.
This Memorial Day, I would also encourage you to not only remember the sacrifice of our armed forces, but also to remember the sacrifice of Christ. As the people of God, we look to Jesus Christ's death on the cross to remember the terrible price He paid in full for our sins. Each time we celebrate the Lord's Supper, we remember Jesus' sacrifice for our salvation and His promised future return for those who believe in Him.
Memorial Day reminds us of all the blood that was shed for our freedom in this country. As Christians we also remember the blood that Christ shed to purchase our freedom from the powers of Sin and Satan.
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13, ESV).
“…he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14, ESV).
Memorial Day reminds us that individuals suffered in order to defend our country. As Christians we are reminded that Christ suffered on the cross in order to defend us against the enemy.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Romans 8:31-34, ESV).
Memorial Day also reminds us of all those who loved our country enough to die for it. As Christians we are reminded of the love that God has for the world that he gave his Son to die for all those who believe in him by faith.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God… Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:16-18, 34, ESV).
This Sunday we will be partaking in communion to remember Christ's sacrifice. See you there!