Remembering Sacrifice, Celebrating Victory

This  is the   Lord’s Supper Meditation that  I will give  later this morning  at Cherry Street Church of Christ in New Albany, IN

Today is Veteran’s Day. For some here who are old enough–it was once called Armistice Day. It mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.

Veterans Day, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thankLIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free. We honor their memory on this 11th day of November.

Some here this morning are Veteran’s and the majority of us have had Veteran’s in our families, past and present. Many communities in the USA have Veteran’s Cemeteries or have sections in them dedicated to Veterans. We can go over on Ekin Avenue and see the one here in New Albany. Some of us may have loved one buried in these cemeteries. I know we have one here that has a a loved one buried there, maybe more that I don’t know. I have only conducted one funeral in my life; in was in 1992; it was at the Veteran’s section in Cave Hill Cemetery. Some who grew up at Portland Avenue  may remember the name Bud Cassell. It was his funeral. We remember the sacrifices they made that we might be free.

Luke records in his Gospel that after taking the cup and the bread, Jesus commissioned his disciples to “do this in remembrance of me” (22:19). Later, Luke described how the early church gathered weekly on the “first day of the week” (or Sunday) to commemorate Christ’s death and resurrection (Acts 20:7). Since the first century, the church of Christ has paused as a part of its worship to consume the bread, representing Christ’s body, and drink the cup, symbolizing his blood. This is a solemn occasion, as sacred as any honorable memorial for man.

We sing the Song ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers.”Onward, Christian Soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.” Jesus is coming back! Another song: ” Hold The Fort, For I am Coming!

Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky! Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.

Refrain: “Hold the fort, for I am coming,” Jesus signals still; Wave the answer back to Heaven, “By Thy grace we will.”

See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on; Mighty ones around us falling, courage almost gone!

See the glorious banner waving! Hear the trumpet blow! In our Leader’s Name we triumph over every foe.

Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near; Onward comes our great Commander, cheer, my comrades, cheer!

So as we share in this memorial of sacrifice, let us now look forward without fear, dedicated to our sacred duties to willingly accept nothing less than full victory for the kingdom.

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