March 18th, Supreme Sacrifice Day

March 18th, Supreme Sacrifice Day March 15, 2019

No one knows who started Supreme Sacrifice Day for March 18th, but I’m glad they did so we can pay tribute to all who sacrifice so much to protect, preserve, and save lives.

The Son of God

If ever there was one, Jesus Christ gave the supreme sacrifice when he died on the cross for us. When the church at Galatia began to drift toward a works-produced salvation, the Apostle Paul asked them, “Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified” (Gal 3:1), however, what offends one will be a life-giving message to another. Even so, we must still “preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (1 Cor 1:23). If the Holy Spirit would have revealed Who Christ really is to the Jewish people in Jerusalem, they would have bowed the knee and acknowledged Him as Lord, however “None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor 2:8). We cannot be redeemed any other way but “with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Pet 1:19). None of us could ever do enough good to save ourselves in a billion lifetimes. No, it must be the very lifeblood of Jesus Christ, because He alone was “a lamb without spot or blemish.” This was the Supreme Sacrifice of all sacrifices in human history.

The Military

Countless times, the military have given their lives to protect country and freedom. When Jesus spoke in the context of a self-sacrificial love, He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13), and thousands in the military have died in serving our country. Jesus said it is by our love for one another that people will know who His disciples are. He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34). How do you love others just as Jesus loved them and loves us? Jesus loved the disciples by dying for them, as well as us who have trusted in Him. He willingly gave up His glory to suffer the shame, pain, and humiliation of the cross. He died for you too if you’ve trusted in Him. It is this kind of love by which “all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). That is what the military does. They may not have to give their lives, but they do give a great portion of their life, often sacrificing their health, and sometimes inadvertently, their immediate family…all in the line of duty. God bless all who have served, are serving, and are yet to serve. Thank you for your service.

First Responders

First responders are firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency services personnel. These men and women often put their lives on the line in order to save lives. Some have given their lives in the line of duty or in the performance of their duties if saving or protecting life and property. Dozens and dozens of law enforcement personnel die every year trying to protect citizens from dangerous criminals, and lately, there’s been an uptick in the number of police ambushes…where someone calls for help, and when police arrive, and they become the target (some become victims). The Bible says a lot about these men and women. The Apostle Paul wrote that “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Rom 13:1). Since these authorities have been instituted by God, that means “whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment” (Rom 13:2). Here’s the way I look at law enforcement and those in authority, and I include all first responders: They are “God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (Rom 13:4).

The Benevolent

Someone who is benevolent and self-sacrificing may have some or many of these attributes or characteristics: They will be kind, warmhearted, tenderhearted, big-hearted, good natured, gracious, compassionate, caring, considerate, thoughtful, well meaning, accommodating, helpful, charitable, and altruistic in nature. These are just a few attributes of a benevolent person. Jesus perfectly captures the essence of a godly, benevolent person. He said that “when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:13-14). If you are a sacrificial person, your left hand doesn’t know (or care to know) what the right hand’s doing (Matt 6:3). That means you don’t keep track of all you’ve done for others, as if expecting something in return. What we remember, God will forget…but what we forget, God will remember. Our giving and serving should be done without fanfare and without boasting, otherwise, we’ve already received our rewards (Matt 6:1-21).

Conclusion

Today is a day to reflect and offer thanks and appreciation to those who made the supreme sacrifice for us…those in the military, the first responders, and those who are benevolent to those who have little or nothing, but above all, we must point to the Supreme Sacrifice on this day…Jesus Christ. It was through Christ that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). The love of God is such that even “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Rom 5:10). It is by Jesus Christ’s Supreme Sacrifice that “we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Christian Crier or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    “If ever there was one, Jesus Christ gave the supreme sacrifice when he died on the cross for us.”

    SICK STUPID ABSURD AND RIDICULOUS!

    Sick as is all HUMAN BLOOD RITUAL SACRIFICE….except if you’re a member of the Aztecs or janitor jacks church.

    Stupid because there is no such thing as “blood magic”

    Absurd that an all powerful all knowing “god” needs to send himself as a sacrifice to himself to fix a problem he himself orchestrated! WTF can’t you get about this janitor jack?

    Ridiculous that millions of you delusional primates would revere this, the tyrant who demands it and the abject stupidity of the entire premise! Not to mention the total void of ANY evidence to support such an asinine concept.

    • Matthew 22:37

      I don’t care what label you claim. I consider you a Satanist now. You are actively opposing God on this board now and only the sons of Satans would do that.

      There are plenty of atheists not consciously and willfully working against God in this world but not you.

      You actually claim to want to deprogram Christians.

      So you surrendered to the devil. The “p” in pud must stand for possessed because you certainly act like a possessed man lying about God and trying to tear Him down all the time in other people’s minds because you opted for staying the slave of sin and let Satan tear God down in your mind.

      Possessed people lack self control just like you do.

      Don’t tell me you are an atheist when you are working for the devil and letting him rule your thoughts and actions.

      Most atheists (about 2 out of 3) never talk or want to talk about religion at all.

      But you are actively working to eradicate spirituality in people and are self motivated to do it by hate/contempt.

      If you are motivated towards people with hatred then you aren’t an atheist.

      You are something else.

      Atheists just refuse to believe.

      But something evil motivates you to take things farther than you have a right to do and that something is Satan, the father of lies.

      I am not reading a Satanist any more. You are out of your mind just like Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the head of American Atheists, was and an out of his head person like you is too crazy to have access to my thoughtlife.

      You are a weak willed coward that lets the devil rule you through your thoughtlife and actions.

      A braver person would have stood up for God against the devil but not you.

      You are going on block, Pud the Satanist. Because you act like the devil and give atheists an even badder name than they already have.

      Repent and call on God if you need to because I am not reading your evil ideas any more to try and get you free from the devil.

      It is clear to me that you conceded to the devil and are actively fighting for his place in people’s thoughtlives now.

      • pud

        Demonstrate that any “god” past or present actually exists….

      • pud

        Speaking of “self control” how many times have you “blocked” me now? I’ve lost track

      • pud

        Demonstrate that any such “devil” exists….

      • pud

        Define “spirituality” and demonstrate that any such thing exists

  • Matthew 22:37

    Ignore, pud the Satanist’s comments, people.

    He admitted he goes much further than the typical atheist.

    He comes to the Christian Crier blog to deprogram people. He said so.

    What is atheism working in the devil’s favor? Satanism.

    Meditate on God’s ideas Christians until he raises you to maturity to do His will not the devil’s.

    Christ came to set men free from sin. The devil tries to ensnare them in their thought lives.

    But We Speak To Nations
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c4qH3PfyTlo

  • Matthew 22:37

    Watch out for the Christ deniers always promoting spiritual failure. If they can confuse you then they may be able to spiritually delay your development just like their own is.

    If you can learn to love, obey and submit to Jesus and God in His Word there is no telling what a spiritual success that God will make out of you.

    So pay no mind to the Christ deniers who refused to understand. They failed spiritually and now they think they will teach you to be a spiritual failure, too.

    God motivates people through the gift of faith while the devil demotivates people and makes them settle for lesser things.

    So an unbeliever settled. That’s their business.

    But what are they doing over on this blog disrespecting God and trying to teach their spiritual failure to others?

    Did they really think their failure would go unnoticed?

    A wise person seeks help when he doesn’t understand the scriptures. He does not let the devil reduce him to being a spiritual failure.

    The Bible contains the seed of God’s knowledge. A seed buried deep in the human heart transforms a person from the inside out. That’s why you have to die to self daily. The old self dies and the new self emerges. Some have more to die to than others. But if you lack discernment and refuse correction then confusion can reign and you will not understand that fact at all. You might be reduced to asking questions but as a Christ denier you don’t have the power to explain such things no matter how much a Christ denier tries to control the explanations.

    A person can always choose to focus on the positive/light or the negative/darkness but what he focuses on will affect his outlook, won’t it?

    So be careful not to fall into the hands of the spiritual failures when God is waiting to turn you into a spiritual success.

    To get to success you will have to pass through a lot of tests and failures.

    Don’t let the spiritual failures who failed to persevere influence you though.

    Let God control your outcome. This is your identity, your family, your destiny and the world’s destiny on the line.

    Who are you going to trust? Jesus or some man who failed spiritually and didn’t have the parience to persevere and learn from God and his failures?

    God bless to everyone reading!

    • pud

      Demonstrate that any such “god” “jesus” “lord” exists and that anything in your book is their “word”

      Explain how the “word” of a “god” could be wrong on nearly everything it claims. Demonstrably wrong.

      Explain why “faith” is a gift when ANYTHING no matter how ridiculous or absurd can be “believed” by “faith”