“God make you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross.” — Colossians 2:13-14
Many beautiful words have been spoken and written paying tribute to those who have given their lives in defense of their country. Winston Churchhill paid a great tribute to the young men in the Royal Air Force who guarded England during World War II, saying, “Never in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few.”
A monument in Bastogne, Belgium, pays tribute to the heroism of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division during the famous Battle of Bastogne. Its inscription reads: “Seldom has so much American Blood been shed in the course of a single action. Oh Lord, help us remember!”
These tributes to the fallen were made because there is no way to repay then for their heroic deeds. We are truly indebted to the men who gave their lives so that we might enjoy the life we enjoy today.
But as much as we are indebted to some of the great war heroes of the past, we are far more indebted to the Savior who gave his life that all humankind may live. We owe Jesus a debt we cannot even imagine repaying. The shedding of his blood, the enormous act of humility that paid for our sins, is of such value to us for all eternity that any attempt to repay it is an insult. It would be like offering pennies to a billionaire.
While we can never repay Jesus for what he has done, we can certainly honor him for it–in our hearts and through our words and actions. When we do that, we show to the world a tribute that looks like this: Never in the history of all humankind have so many people of every culture and every generation owed so much to one Savior!
Will we honor Him–stand with Him–proclaim Him–love Him–serve Him?