This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, often termed “The Unofficial First Weekend of Summer”. Around here, more often than not, it more like “The Unofficial Last Weekend of Winter”. Whatever the weather turns out to be Memorial Day is the time that we set aside to honor the memory and remember the sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives in service to our nation; to keep us free and guarantee our way of life. In nearly every extended family there are those who have willingly went to war to defend us and did not return. The obvious Christian connection here is that we have a God who laid down His life to save us from destruction, more specifically self-destruction. The Apostle John writes; “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (15:13) These are the words of Jesus, knowing full well that is what He would soon do. But unlike all those who have laid down there life for our nation Jesus Christ had the power to take it back up again. Jesus came back from the dead to claim victory over death; destroying its power over us. This we remember, not just on one day or weekend of the year, but every day of our lives. In the death and resurrection of Jesus we have peace and security in knowing that our eternal enemy has been disarmed and destroyed. With that in our hearts and minds we have the power to live as those who are truly free, free from worry, want, guilt and shame. We should always remember and live victoriously, rising above all the trouble of this world, as our God gives us the victory in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009