SOME GAVE ALL Andy Hollifield 5-27-19
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that man lay down his life for his friends.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 Samuel 17:29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
1 Samuel 17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
1 Samuel 17:47 And this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.
Sacrifice————the surrender of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim. To surrender or give up, or permit injury or disadvantage to, for the sake of something else.
Two good examples of the word “sacrifice” are contained in the scriptures above. In the first two verses, the sacrifice of the Son of God laying down his life for the sins of all mankind. In the last 3 verses, the willingness of a man to step into battle and be willing to give his life if needed, in defense of the greater good. In David’s case, we all know the story that not only did he survive but was instantly, upon his victory, skyrocketed to fame in Israel and went on to become the greatest king that Israel has ever had.
The reason for these two examples is simply the fact that it is Memorial Day. This day was set aside officially as a federal holiday in 1894, although there is documentation of its observance back to June 3, 1861 in Warrenton, Va. claiming that is where the first Civil War soldiers grave was decorated. It was first celebrated on a large-scale on May 30, 1868 because that date was not the anniversary of any particular battle and also was the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom. The date was later changed to the last Monday in May. This holiday originally started out as “Decoration Day” and in spite of the official name change in 1894, it didn’t become widely known as “Memorial Day” until after World War II. The difference between “Memorial Day” and “Veterans Day” is that the former is to honor soldiers that died while in service to our country and the latter to honor the service of all veterans.
Young men laying down their life for their friends. In the scripture in 1 Samuel 17, although David was not killed in battle he was willing to put his life at risk to defend the honor of God and his chosen people Israel. He stepped into battle with no experience and only the weapons he had as a shepherd to defend his sheep. He later learned to fight but that wasn’t until after his defeat of Goliath. David could not sit idly by and allow tyranny to reign and good to be stamped out. In a nutshell, that was what he was willing to fight and die for if necessary. Over 642,000 Union soldiers and over 483,000 Confederate soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield. Whether you respect the causes they were both fighting for or not, you have to respect the fact that they were willing to die for the privilege of serving their country.
Our country since the early days of its existence, has gone to the defense of our allies and has often sacrificed the lives of our young men and women on foreign soil. We have done this to fight the spread of communism, socialism, Marxism, the Nazis, dictatorships, human atrocities, and terrorism of late. Many were drafted to duty in the late ’60’s and early to mid ’70’s, and throughout history many others have volunteered to defend the honor of this country at all costs.
David’s defeat of Goliath and the subsequent defeat of the Philistines by Israel, and the victories wrought by the U.S. military, pale in comparison to the other example I started with which did result in the sacrifice of a life for the defense of his friends. Jesus Christ gave his life for the forgiveness of the sins of all mankind, past present, and future. He did this for the purpose of bringing fallen man back into fellowship with God. That tie had been broken in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit. No longer would men have to sacrifice animals because of the sacrifice of Christ.
I know this hasn’t been very long or detailed but I just wanted you to realize that the sacrifice made by our veterans and their families should not go unnoticed. These men and women are willing to give up their freedom and even their life in the defense of this country. I just want to wish each surviving family member of a fallen soldier a happy Memorial Day. May your day be filled with grace and peace that only God can give and also be filled with the gratitude of a grateful nation. May each of you; Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!