Scripture Text: Topical/Textual
Today we join with our nation In a time of remembering and honoring our friends, family members, and other citizens who sacrificed their lives on behalf of our nation and its way of life. The purpose and value of a memorial time is found in reflection on the sacredness of life, for gratitude for those who sacrificed for us, and celebration of the freedoms we have been provided through such sacrifices. It is important to memorialize the lives of people and events that have helped shape our world because it encourages and challenges us to live in the same sacrificial way our heroes lived. So we worship today by reflecting on the important events and people that God used to bring us into spiritual freedom. Please pray with me that God will use this time to help us understand life and to appreciate His care for us in the midst of it all.
I. Memorial Events Cause Us To Recognize We Live On A World That Needs Heroes. Exodus 12:21-27
A.The Passover serves as a reminder to not forget the goodness of God in delivering them in a deadly, fallen world.
B. The book of Romans, 8:28 reminds us that the world for all its beauty, is a “fallen” or “cursed” world, because Satan has led the people into rebellion against God. Sin and suffering and death is the common course of the world and those in it. Memorials serve to remind us that, even though we are surrounded by wicked people and evil practices, there are people willing to give their lives to overcome the evil around us.
II. Memorial Events Help Connect Generation to Generation, Joshua 4:4-6
When God parted the Jordan River and literally opened the path into the Promised Land, Joshua knew a memorial was needed, They had a Passover celebration commemorating their deliverance, but they needed something now to help them remember their inheritance. Joshua gathered sones from the Jordan River bed and created a memorial near Jericho. He knew the time would come when another generation saw or heard of those stones they would be enticed to ask, ” What do these stones mean to you? It would be a point of connection between those who had taken the land and those for whom they had taken it.
III. Memorial Events Help Us Recognize The Value And Necessity Of Grace, 1 Corinthians 1:23-26
Jesus and His disciples had gathered to celebrate the Passover and rejoice in all God had done for them through the ages. The Lord, understanding the need to remember and celebrate, chose that time and place to create a new memorial practice. It was to remind His people that God had not only delivered His people from bondage to a new home physically, but He was also going to deliver them spiritually.
Conclusion: Every life in the image of God, deserves to be remembered. From those memories we can learn who we are and the rock from which we have been hewn. We can learn to rejoice to rejoice over the noble things in life and to repent of the mean and ugly things of a fallen world. And, we can learn to seek the better way, the way of grace, that leads to the disappearance of all graves and the comforting of all sorrow caused by them