John 15:13 (NKJV) "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.
A few years ago, we visited Washington D.C. I'd always wanted to see the Vietnam War Memorial, so on a warm September day, we rode the Metro with some friends and hiked from one end of the National Mall to the other to see it… the Wall. As a child of the 1960's, I well remember the images of the war we saw each night on the news. I remember how my friend, David, was absent from school for several days. We found out later his older brother, Mark, had been killed in the war. When the Wall was built several years later, I secretly promised myself to go to D.C some day and find Mark's name.
I wasn't prepared for what happened. I didn't even know Mark, this boy who died in a war a world away. Yet, when I saw his name etched in granite, it became very personal. The mood near the Wall is quiet and respectful - like a funeral. There was a grieving mother, a daughter who never met her dad, and an injured veteran. There were messages, poems, flowers and many, many tears. 58,195 names engraved on the Wall… 58,195 sacrifices. Sacrifices that helped protect my freedom to stand there and cry. Wow.
Sacrifice is so important. John 15:13 reminds me that two thousand years ago, an even greater sacrifice was made. Someone died for His friend. Jesus Christ died… for me. Wow.
posted Feb 2017