“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which isy our reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what isthat good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
One day while walking the streets of New York City I meandered past a fire station but felt compelled once I had passed it to turn back around and read the plaque placed proudly for all to see. The plaque was dedicated to a number of amazingly awesome firemen who had literally laid down their lives in sacrifice after the World Trade Center tragedy years ago. Who can possibly deny the sacrifice these men made when they laid down their lives is unfathomable, immeasurable, priceless, something most of us can’t even imagine doing, and something for which every single human being in his or her right mind must most assuredly be thankful? There is no denying their sacrifice is a legacy that no human words can ever describe in its magnitude. Their families, their friends, New York City, and the world at large could never thank them enough, nor ever honor them enough, nor ever pay back the sacrifice they made when as the plaque essentially read, they laid down their lives. Yet there is something else to be said about that plaque, along with the tree I saw planted in a major New York City park by a university community in honor of those whose lives were lost on that unforgettable day of tragedy, probably for both those who were innocently killed and perhaps, too, for those who laid down their lives, along with the massive museum that now stands right by where the World Trade Center twin towers now is, along with every other statue, plaque, museum, anything at all created to honor both those who tragically died and those who so amazingly laid down their lives to try to help save those who could be saved.
Every single human being who laid down his or her life, who gave up his or her very life, in sacrifice to help save survivors of that horrific tragedy, along with every human being who has laid down his or her life in sacrifice in war, in other tragedies, after natural disasters, etc., while they undoubtedly deserve honor and praise beyond measure for their indescribably awesome sacrifices, and should be remembered in the phenomenal legacies each and every one of them has left behind, but sadly, tragically, pitifully, unbelievably, this world as a whole seems to give more glory, more honor, more praise, more love, more attention, and keeps in higher remembrance those humans who have sacrificed their lives in all sorts of ways throughout the history of humankind than we as humanity give love, honor, glory, praise, and remembrance to THE LORD JESUS CHRIST who died the most heinous death imaginable and the most heinous death any human has or will ever die when he willingly went to the cross to take God’s wrath at all of humanity for our sins and our sin penalty of death, hell, and the lake of fire and eternal torment and separation from God upon Himself so all who will turn away from a lifestyle of sin and confess himself or herself as a sinner and seek God’s forgiveness and believe Christ died for us and was raised from the dead and genuinely commits his or her life to God and His ways, to following Christ forevermore, is forgiven and given an everlasting relationship with God – now and forever in heaven!
Let us never ever forget to honor those who have given their lives for others, but let us most importantly of all hold with highest love, and highest honor, and highest praise, and greatest glory, and the very most remembrance, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST who died on the cross and who was raised from the dead as Savior of the world and Lord forevermore, and as He has sacrificed His life for God’s Creation, let us confess we are sinners in need of God’s grace and forgiveness, let us place our faith in Christ as Lord who died on the cross and was raised from the dead, let us sacrifice our living for ourselves and from henceforth live for God almighty in Christ forevermore, remembering above all else to love and worship and serve and honor and glorify God forever and ever, AMEN!