Memorial Day - The First Day of the Week
“MEMORIAL DAY – THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK”
Memorial Day is an official holiday in the United States observed on the last Monday in May. This weekend, we celebrate and remember the men and women who died in serving their country in the Armed Forces. The custom of remembering our fallen soldiers and decorating their graves with flowers began on May 5, 1866, as a way to honor those lost in the Civil War. After World War I, the day was set aside to remember the deceased of all American Wars. Unfortunately, many just treat this holiday as another day off work, a three day weekend, and the beginning of summer. On Memorial Day, we mourn the loss of loved ones, remember their lives, and thank them for their sacrifices.
We do this once a year, but every week is a celebration of the Memorial of Christ to the faithful Christians. Christians come together on the first day of every week to remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The parallels between the death of Jesus Christ and our fallen soldiers are amazing.
Jesus died to set us free from Satan’s power. He fought the armies of Hell so that we might have freedom in His Holy Name. He gave His life so that we might have life eternal if we obey and are faithful until death. So this Memorial Day weekend and every weekend remember these three things about Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ:
1. Mourn the loss of the body of Christ and examine your responsibility to it as you break the bread. Romans 3:23 – “for we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
2. Remember the life of Jesus as you compare your life with His. Eat the bread and realize that you are one with His body. I Corinthians 11:24 – “and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
3. Be thankful for His sacrifice because it is through His blood that you are saved. Partake of the cup and be thankful for His sacrifice that offered you forgiveness. Matthew 26:27-28 – “Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
This Memorial Day weekend remember those who gave their lives so that we might have the freedoms that we enjoy. Above all, remember each and every Sunday, “THE ONE” who died to set us free from sin, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.