JESUS CHRIST was living on death row when at a dinner party with friends Mary, the sister of Lazarus, poured an expensive bottle of perfume over His head and anointed His feet. She then wiped His feet with her hair.
What a beautiful act of adoration. A woman's hair has always been considered one of her primary glories. In wiping His feet with her hair she was giving Him glory.
Judas was quickly joined by the other disciples in complaining of her waste and in criticizing her. Calmly Jesus defended her act by saying, ''Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her'' (Matt. 6:13).
What a tribute! What a memorial! What a way to be remembered! Memorials are fitting. The idea of a memorial that outlasts us is one of life's five principle motivators.
In this season when a day of memorial is observed in tribute to our nation's war dead, it is appropriate that the Christian community should evaluate memorials.
In April 1863, in Columbus, Mississippi, after decorating graves of her two sons who died representing their beloved south land, an elderly woman walked to two mounds at the corner of the cemetery to place memorial flowers. ''What are you doing?,''friends shouted, ''Those are the graves of two union soldiers.'' Softly came the reply, ''I know. I also know that somewhere in the North, a mother or a young wife mourns for them as we do for ours.'' That little band of ladies set in motion what is now celebrated as Memorial Day.
It is fitting that our nation should pause to remember the countless sons and daughters who at great sacrifice and many at the greatest sacrifice won and preserved our freedoms. Revolutionary War 25,324
Civil War - 498,332
World War - I 116,710
World War II - 407,316
Korean War - 54,546
VietNam War - 58,098
What price freedom? No one likes war. However, without it we would not now enjoy our current freedom and prosperity. In addition to these who have suffered the ultimate sacrifice, there are countless persons still adversely affected by their own personal sacrifices of physical health, emotional injury, and loss of body parts. Less we forget, it is appropriate that we have a day of memorial.
Memorials are appropriate, especially those that pay tribute to Christ. In the name of our God there are various memorials: DAYS are often set aside as memorials. The PASSOVER celebration was a special day set aside. Of the celebration it was said, ''This day shall be unto you for a memorial...'' (Exodus 12:15). The Lord's Supper was similarly intended to be used so we could, as Christ said, do it ''In remembrance of me...''
BOOKS often record memorable deeds. In commemoration of Joshua's victory over Amalek, the Lord commissioned the people to, ''Write this for a memorial in a book...'' (Exodus 17:14).
PLACES also become memorials. The Lord said of the Tabernacle, ''That it be ...
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