God’s memorial

shutterstock_509385388-2By Wayne Rector, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor chaplain 

As Memorial Day approaches, as in times past, our thoughts and our minds are directed to those who have lived and died, but now live on in our memories, The lives they lived, what they lived and stood for, comprise a living memorial in our hearts and minds.

God has given us a living memorial in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. It can all be summed up and symbolized in the Cross which Christ willingly endured for our sakes. Abraham Lincoln, in dedicating a portion of the battleground at Gettysburg for a National Cemetery said in part, “we cannot hallow this ground. Brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. It is for us, the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have thus far so nobly carried on.”

And so it is with the Cross of Jesus Christ. We cannot hallow the cross. God in Christ has already hallowed it far beyond our poor power to add to or detract from (the glory of the cross) and all it stands for. It is rather for us, the living, to be dedicated to carrying on the work which God thru Christ thus far has so nobly advanced.