A Memorial Day Moment!
Steve N. Wagers
May 29, 2005
1. An Act Graciously Recorded!
A. What it Prophetically Represented!
B. What it Personally Revealed!
2. An Act Gladly Received!
A. Her Absolute Sincerity!
B. Her Amazing Sacrifice!
3. An Act Gloriously Remembered!
A. She Thanked Jesus with Her Appreciation!
B. She Touched Jesus by Her Adoration!
* Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873.
* By 1890 it was recognized by all of the Northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I, when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war. It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May, passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971.
* In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
* Memorial Day not only recognizes a national sacrifice, but a spiritual sacrifice as well. In other words, we not only commemorate the blood that was shed to ensure our national freedom; but, we also commemorate the blood that was shed to ensure our spiritual freedom, as well, by the Lord Jesus Christ.
* Most of the Memorial Day observances in our nation will look to graves filled with the bodies of those soldiers who died in service to their country. However, as believers, our Memorial Day can also look to a vacant cross, and an empty grave to the greatest sacrifice ever given.
* In 3 of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark and John we find a special Memorial Day moment. It involves a lady by the name of Mary who came to pay a special tribute to the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am drawn to Mark's account of the story for several reasons. First, as I look at the act of this woman, I see that it was:
1. An Act GRACIOUSLY RECORDED!
* Two days before Passover, Jesus comes into the home of Simon the Leper. John records that Mary, Martha and Lazarus were also present, and that Martha served the meal. I believe we can see that this act was graciously recorded for two reasons.
A. What it PROPHETICALLY REPRESENTS!
* Again, it was just 2 days before Jesus would lay down His life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. He refers to it in verse 8, [she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.]
* In this touching account, the 3rd preparation for Jesus' crucifixion is portrayed. Thus, it ...
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