Philippians 2:8 (NIV84)
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
A memorial is something noteworthy that occurred in the past. Often it implies someone has died, and a tombstone is placed at the burial site as a physical reminder. In our nation’s capital, the Washington Memorial is an example. The thousands of grave markers are a reminder of those who lost their lives in defense of our country. The death of each of those who died is viewed as one of honor and is highly esteemed. We attribute to them the freedom we are privileged to enjoy in this country.
But Jesus gave His life in defense of our souls. His death on the cross was not one of honor or esteemed; it was a criminal execution. But like those who will celebrate today without giving a second thought to those who died, we can be guilty of celebrating the blessing of eternal life without thinking about what it cost Jesus.
Every day should be a Memorial Day in celebration of our being free from the penalty of sin – eternal death. So, whatever your plans are today and no matter how you plan to celebrate, let’s remember His Death on the Cross.