Remembrance Day: What do you remember?
Romans 5: 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
We were all sinners, condemned to die. Every soul born of a woman, and even those who were not (Adam and Eve), with the one exception of the Lord Jesus Christ, were sinners. Moses was a sinner. John the Baptist was a sinner. Peter was a sinner. We were born in sin, conceived in iniquity, coming into the world speaking lies. We were guilty. Which of us could stand before a Holy God and give an account for the things of our lives? Which of us can boldly say that every deed, every though, every action, every word, every emotion, every intention was perfect, righteous and holy?
We needed a redeemer, and not just any redeemer, but a kinsman redeemer. The Lord God Jehovah left his throne in glory and poured the fullness of himself into the virgin born man Jesus Christ. He lived for 33 years upon this earth as a man. He worked as you and I do. Then in his ministry he healed the sick, he raised the dead, he cleansed the lepers, made the blind to see and the deaf to hear and preached the gospel to the poor.
Yet do we remember Him today?
He was our general. He was also a foot soldier. he came and he ministered to us. We have had many soldiers come before us, and when we are under the blood covenant of Jesus Christ, we are soldiers of the Cross too. Some great soldiers have laid their lives down for us too. Paul, Peter, James, Stephen… the list goes on. Verily 68,000,000 Christians were slaughtered for their testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. They died for Him, and died for us.
Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Our battle is a different kind of battle than the ones being celebrated today. The world today is celebrating wars fought be men against men, by countries against countries, where men were sent to die for their national interests. These men were indeed noble. They laid down their lives, ostensibly for you and me. That was their intent, and we will honor that intent.
But the battle in which we as Christians are engaged is a far different battle than the world fights. The battlefield for this war is in the human mind. Here is where the greatest battle ever fought is pitched. It is in the human mind that the Kingdom of God is both attacked, and defended. This is where the Word of God and the Lies of Satan meet in battle. That is why our armour is a Spiritual armour. And our weapon is a Spiritual weapon.
2 Timothy 2: 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
It is because our war is spiritual that we must concentrate on spiritual things and leave off of carnal things. It is not a physical war, neither indeed is it an emotional war.
We were given five senses to contact the physical world: hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, and smelling. We also have emotional senses such as memory, passion and imagination. But none of these are spiritual. There is only one spiritual sense. We have been given only one channel in which we can reach the Lord God. That sense is Faith.
Faith is the Sixth Sense.
It is only through faith that we can contact and receive from the Lord. Even salvation itself, is given by grace and received by Faith. The weapon the devil uses to attack Faith is unbelief. In fact the only real sin is unbelief. All else we do, we do because we do not believe in the first place.
2 Corinthians 10: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Concentrate therefore, on the things of the spirit. The devil will use the flesh and the carnal things of the flesh and of the mind to deceive us, and to distract us from the true battle we are facing. When we get distracted, when we lose sight of the battle, then we will lose. So don’t concern yourselves so much with this world for we are not of this world, and neither is our Kingdom.
John 18: 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
If our King is not of this world, and our Kingdom is not of this world, then we are not of this world either. That is why we turn the other cheek. That is why the wars that the nations fight are not our wars. That is why our Remembrance Day is not the same Remembrance Day the world celebrates. So as Soldiers of the Cross we should be able to end our days as Paul of old did. We need the same testimony.
2 Timothy 4: 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Are you fighting the good fight today? Fight! And remember, your fight is not of this world Saints. Your kingdom, your King, your Saviour, your General, your battle is a spiritual one. Don’t entangle yourself with the things of this world. And remember the battle that set you free. The battle at Gethsemane. Remember how the Lord Jesus Christ sweated blood for you. Remember the battle of Calvary where the bled and died for you. We remember the last supper where our Lord took the bread and the wine and gave us the pattern that we are to follow.
That is what Christians remember. That is our Remembrance Day.
1 Corinthians 11: 23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
Discern the body of Jesus Christ. You are all members of the Body of Jesus Christ for his Bride is blood of his blood, bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh, life of his life. His flesh was broken for You. His holy blood was shed for You. He was wounded for Your transgressions. He was bruised for Your iniquities. By his stripes, You were healed.