The High Cost of Redemption
2 Corinthians 8:9
April 20, 2003
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ILLUS: During the II World War, Winston Churchill once paid a great tribute to the young men in the Royal Air Force who had protected England during the war. He said, "Never in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few."
The Battle of Bastogne represents one of the bloodiest actions in World War II. A monument there pays tribute to the heroism of the US 101st Airborne Division. It reads, "Seldom has so much American blood been shed in the course of a single action. Oh, Lord, help us to remember!"
ILLUS: In a recent U. S. Army news release, they wrote, "President George W. Bush thanked wounded Soldiers for their sacrifices and dedication made during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan during an April 11 visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Bush presented six Purple Hearts to soldiers for combat wounds sustained while serving in the war on terrorism. He spent more than an hour at Walter Reed with the Soldiers. The visit, Bush said, was to thank the troops for their dedication, courage and service to country."
1. Today is Easter Sunday. It is the day we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On a cross 2,000 years ago, the ultimate sacrifice was paid...a price so high, no one could have paid it except Jesus.
2. Churchill said of the 101st Airborne Division: "Seldom has so much American blood been shed in the course of a single action. Oh, Lord, help us to remember!"
a. Thank God for the blood of our American soldiers, and thank God for the blood that has been shed recently in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their sacrifices give us the freedom we enjoy today:
1) But, may I say to you, we celebrate a freedom this Easter Sunday that is different than any freedom every fought for on any continent in the world.
2) Today we celebrate freedom from sin and judgm ...
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