Memorial Day is a special time to recognize the fallen heroes of our land—men and women who gave their lives so others could live in freedom.
The world has had many heroes. Some have been publicly recognized, and others have not. Some are famous; others are unknown. We are thankful for everyone who has served in our military. This month, we honor those who died while serving their country.
There is one Hero, however, who towers above the rest. And we must honor and recognize Him, the Hero of heroes. He gave His life so every human being might have life: Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Romans 5:8 (NIV) says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Jesus died for the sins of all mankind. He bore sin’s punishment for all humanity. He experienced suffering and agony so we could have victory, peace, healing, mercy, joy, love, and happiness.
I thank God for the men and women who have served in the armed forces. But I thank God more for Jesus Christ. He is the real Hero.
We need more natural heroes in our country and in our communities. But we also need spiritual heroes—brave people who will stand for Jesus and His righteousness. We need believers who will unashamedly follow Christ in the face of obstacles and against all odds.
We need ordinary people who will step up and say, “I believe in this country. But I proudly stand at attention and hold up the blood-stained banner of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
I thank God for the natural freedoms we have because of the heroes who gave their lives. And I also thank God we can live in spiritual freedom because Jesus Christ shed His blood on Calvary’s hill.
Let’s remember those who died while serving our country. But let us never forget Jesus Christ, the Hero of heroes.
Kenneth W. Hagin
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