by Jerry Watts

What Will I Be Remembered By?
Jerry Watts
Matthew 26:6-13

• In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael wrote these words;

"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."

• This is what Memorial Day is all about. We pay tribute, respect, and honor to those soldiers who gave their lives so that we can be free. Never forget, 'freedom is never free.' Someone, somewhere, at sometime bought our freedom. And the price for freedom is innocent blood. We remember and honor our heroes for their sacrifice to buy our civil freedom.

• In this same way, we need to never forget that it was the innocent blood of the 'Carpenter of Nazareth' and the Son of God who purchased our spiritual freedom. We were dead in sin, without hope of heaven because God won't allow sin in His heaven, when Jesus shed His innocent blood for us. It is only in the response to His call that we can receive grace and be free. Jesus.

• After receiving Jesus in a personal way, we are called to live a life that honors Him. Our desire becomes that people remember us by our love for Him. Today we see a lady who shows us exactly how to do this.

• This lady was Mary, the sister of Lazarus. She was the sister of Lazarus' whose famous words, "Lord, if you had only been here, my brother would have not died" have been spoken many times. These words were like a knife to the heart of Jesus, yet Jesus saw through Mary's hurt (losing her brother) to her need (grow in her faith). In our passage we see Mary's devotion to the Lord, which was already strong, had been multiplied when she Jesus gave her back her brother. Now, she was totally devoted to Him and wanted her life to be known or remembered by her devotion. Jesus said that she would be remembered by this selfless act of devotion.

• It has been said that we write our funeral message by the life we live. If that is the ...

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