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Remembering The Sacrifices

Mark 15

May 27, 2018

Introduction:
Memorial Day:
Originally instituted to honor those soldiers killed during the War Between the States.
A day for remembering those that have died in our nation’s service.
It is a time for Americans to stop and think of the great price that has been paid for the freedoms that we enjoy.
DEF.-Memorial- that which preserves the memory of something; anything that serves to keep in memory of something. A monument is a memorial of a deceased person or event.
1.1 million Men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice since the Revolutionary War to protect and promote the freedoms that we enjoy. Countless others have served and suffered for the cause of Freedom.
We take great pride in our memorials: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, War Between the States Memorials, Vietnam Wall of Remembrance, and Tombstone on a grave.
Not to minimize anyone’s death, but this country is more than people dying, it is about people willing to die because of the ideals upon which this nation was founded.
This nation was founded on “ One nation under God,” and the founders did not intend for it to be freedom from religion but freedom of religion!
Quotes on Liberty
“The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”—John Adams
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”—John Quincy Adams
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”—Patrick Henry
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”—George Washington
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”—George Washington
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”—Abraham Lincoln
“Our institutions of freedom will not survive unless they are constantly replenished by the faith that gave them birth.”—John Foster Dulles
“A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real good will towards men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of society?… The Scriptures tell us, ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation.’”—Abigail Adams
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”—John Hancock
“The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible, ‘In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.’"—George Washington Carver
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”—Thomas Jefferson
“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”—Plato
“I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests—and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning—and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!”—Alexis de Tocqueville
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”—General Douglas MacArthur
“An America that is militarily and economically strong is not enough. The world must see an America that is morally strong with a creed and a vision. This is what has led us to dare and achieve. For us, values count.”—Ronald Reagan
“To preserve our blessed land we must look to God….It is time to realize that we need God more than He needs us….We also have His promise that we could take to heart with regard to our country, that ‘If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’’—Ronald Reagan
“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.”—Robert J. McCracken
“Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.”—John Gunther
The very fact that we are in church today is a testimony of the sacrifices of those before us. Because of this freedom, we must pause and memorialize those heroic defenders of freedoms that have given their very lives for ideals that were bigger than they were.
I never want to forget the price others have paid and are willing to pay so that I might be free. But even if I were locked in an inner prison, I would still be free!
Why? Because 2,000 years ago a man named Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price to secure my liberty and freedom when He died on the cross for my sins!!
God help us to never forget the sacrifice of Jesus for the freedom of the whole world.

I. Remember The Cruelty- Mark 15

A. The Cruelty of the Crowd- Mark 15: 6-14
Note- Picture of a rejected Servant
Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
B. The Cruelty of the Crown- Mark 15: 17
Note- Picture of a rejected Supreme God
Joh 19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
Luk 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
C. The Cruelty of the Cross- Mark 15: 21-26
Note- Picture of a rejected Saviour
Note- the sufferings of the cross
Psa 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
Psa 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
Psa 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
Psa 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
Psa 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isaiah 52:14; Psalms 129:3

II. Remember the Cries of the Saviour

A. A Cry of Forgiveness- Luke 23:34
Note-Jesus ends His ministry as He began it; in prayer.
Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Could have called 10,000 angels but choose to suffer and die for us!
Luk 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Mar 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
B. A Cry of Favor- Luke 23:43
Luk 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luk 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Note-He extended grace to one that was undeserving.
C. A Cry For Family- John 19:26, 27
Note- took time to provide for His mother.
D. A Cry of Being Forsaken- Mark 15: 34
Note-For the 1st time in all eternity the fellowship between the Father and the Son was severed.
Jesus was forsaken by the Father
E. A Cry of Fervency- John 19:28
John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
He that made the water died thirsting for water so that we may drink of that spiritual water.
Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
F. A Cry of Finishing- John 19:30
“to bring to a close, to end, to finish”
What was finished?
The sacrificial system
His sufferings
Satan hope
Sin’s power
Note-Jesus did not say “I am finished,” but “It is finished.” This is the statement of a Victor, not a victim!!!
G. A Cry of Finality- Luke 23:46
Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Note- for a time the fellowship between Father and Son had been broken, now it is fully restored.
The word “commend” was a banking term, it meant “to deposit something of value”
Mike Bagwell states: “Heavens greatest treasure (Jesus) had been “withdrawn” and sent to earth to “spend” Himself for lost sinners. He did so fully and upon completing history’s greatest “redemptive transaction” He redeposited Himself back into Heaven’s Bank and into the Father’s hand.”

III. Remember the Cause

A. Our Condition
1. Sinners-Romans 3:10, 23: 6:23
2. Doomed
B. His Compassion
1. His Mission- save sinners
1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
2. His Love- sacrificed His life so that I could have freedom.
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Conclusion:

Memorial Day is a day in which we pause and remember the ones that have died to protect and promote our freedoms as Americans.
The greatest tragedy in all the world would be to live in a country that offers the freedom that applies only to this lifetime while rejecting the One that offers the freedom that lasts for all eternity!!!
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
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