Monday, March 14, 2016

Salute 3A private is standing before his lieutenant.  To the right of the officer is a master sergeant.  The private is thanking the master sergeant for saving his life on Omaha Beach in 1944.  The sergeant had exposed himself to the enemies’ murderous fire to drag the private out of harms way.  The sergeant had been wounded, losing a hand, and had spent considerable time in the hospital recovering.  When the war was over, he would not be able to return to his profession because both hands were needed.  Yet, the private does not look at nor addresses his benefactor.  He only addresses the lieutenant, requesting the officer to inform the master sergeant of his gratitude.  He never directs his gaze at the man who saved him, never addresses him directly, and never shakes his only hand.  The lieutenant is asked to do all those actions for him.  When finished, the private smartly salutes the officer, turns on his heel and walks away.  He is thoroughly satisfied that he has honored the master sergeant by expressing his gratitude to the lieutenant!  If that master sergeant was you, would you feel appreciated?

•    Jesus was ridiculed and abused for me (Isaiah 53:3-7, 10-12; Matthew 26:67; Mark 14:65; Luke 22:63-64; John 18:22).
•    Jesus was beaten, almost to the point of death, for me (Matthew 27:26; Mark 15:15; John 19:1).
•    Jesus was crucified for me (Matthew 27:26-50).
•    Jesus took my sins upon himself (Isaiah 53:11-12; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
•    Jesus bestowed upon me his righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
•    Jesus’ sacrificed himself for me so I might have peace with God (Romans 5:1).
•    Jesus’ sacrificed himself for me so I would not face the wrath of God (Romans 5:9).
•    Jesus’ sacrificed himself for me so I could be reconciled to God (Romans 5:10).
•    Jesus’ sacrificed himself for me so I could be under God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8, 13).
•    Jesus’ sacrificed himself for me so that I could be dead to sin and no longer reap sin’s payment (Romans 6:2, 6-11, 23).
•    Jesus’ sacrificed himself for me so I could receive with gladness His Good News and be added to the saved (Acts 2:41, 47).
•    Jesus’ sacrificed himself for me so that I might be continually cleansed by his blood (1 John 1:7).
•    Jesus’ sacrificed himself for me so I could hear “Well done” (Matthew 25:21).
•    Jesus’ sacrificed himself for me so that I could have life eternal (Matthew 25:46b; John 10:10).

Since Jesus did all that for me, shouldn’t I show my appreciation to him personally and directly by saying to him, “Thank you”?