This weekend, as our country prepares to remember the fallen heroes of our age, the ones who have sacrificed their life for the lives of their countrymen – the majority whom they never, or will ever know – we too, as believers in Jesus Christ, pause to remember their acts of selflessness and bravery.
Every soldier’s life lost is a tragic reminder of the fallen and broken world to which we are enslaved. As wars wage, the heroic efforts for peace continue – either through diplomatic means or armed conflicts. When the life of a solider is lost, we cannot help but think, “this is not the way life is supposed to be.” When the life of a solider is lost, we are quick to point fingers at a “senseless and avoidable conflict.” When the life of a distant soldier is lost, we ponder, “thank God it wasn’t me, or my child.” And on Memorial Day, we reflect and remember in gratitude, “thank God for my freedom because of the thousands of men and women who gave their life for me.”
In the same way brothers and sisters in Christ, I would call us to prayer to remember the One soldier who gave His life, not for a country, but a Kingdom. To remember the One who rescues His people from the enslavement of a war-torn world. The One who reestablishes life the way it was intended to be – filled with abundant life and peace. The One who fought the final and unavoidable conflict between good and evil. The One who went before you, your father, your mother, your grandparents, your children, and their children to sacrifice Himself so that you would live in freedom. The One who brings about a fully restored future that our hearts desperately long for.
It is this One soldier, who laid down His heavenly weapons and willfully sacrificed His perfect life for our imperfect ones. This solider is Jesus Christ – Lord and King of Heaven’s Armies, Commander of the New Kingdom, Chancellor and Righteous Judge over the earth. His only weapon of choice was love, and by His love he gave up everything, including His throne in heaven for you and me. This is the good news, this Gospel we preach, that Jesus died to rescue you. In His death, “[God] has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).
May we pray this weekend for our earthly soldiers, their families, and those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Pray for their grief and their comfort. Pray for the world and the current wars, conflicts, and loss of life that is happening today. Pray for the ever-expanding Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ. Pray the Father sends His Spirit of love, grace, and truth to every corner of our county, country, continent, and world to rescue and restore every life from the fallen kingdom to the eternal Kingdom. Pray for every Church (new and old), to pursue Gospel and Christ-centeredness, to be salt and light to the world, living witnesses of the new life and freedom in Jesus alone. Pray that our neighborhoods and the nations come to know Jesus Christ, experience His grace, mercy, and love, and be rescued to live a life of self-sacrifice for the promotion of a perfect Kingdom that has no end.
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the ‘good news’ that Jesus died to rescue you. Learn more by watching the first message in our new series, “God’s Great Rescue Mission”.
No Worship Gathering this Saturday, May 26
Restoration Church will not be gathering for worship this weekend. Gatherings will resume next Saturday evening, June 2. Stay up to date with our calendar of events and meeting days at, https://www.restorationlakezurich.org/events/.
By the Cross. For the Kingdom.
– Pastor Matt