Communion Meditation – Memorial Day Weekend
What do these three items have in common: the number, 959,830; the name, Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter; and the person, Jesus of Nazareth? All refer to wartime sacrifices.
The first item, 959,830, refers to the number of American wartime casualties lost between 1775 and 1991. It is abstract.
The second item, Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter, refers to a Marine officer lost his eye, parts of his jaw, and shattered his arm, when he threw himself on a grenade on November 21, 2010, to save his best friend a his fellow Marines. It is concrete.
The third item, Jesus of Nazareth, refers to the Savior who gave his life on a cross on Calvary in the War for Eternal Salvation to save you and me. It is personal.
The number, 959,830, is abstract; the officer, Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter, is concrete; the name, Jesus of Nazareth, is personal.
Listen to the words of the apostle in Romans 5: 6-8:
(6) You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ did for the ungodly.
(7) Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.
(8) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV)