Ps. 135: 13 Thy name, O Lord, endureth forever; and thy memorial, throughout all generations.
The last Monday in May is always Memorial Day by an act of Congress. The original Decoration Day was established as May 30, 1868. In 1971, Congress set the date and called it Memorial Day. It is truly a day that should be set aside to honor our fallen heroes. I personally have great memories of Memorial Day parades and celebrations in my hometown. My mother always had a wonderful dinner for the family after the parade. May our attitude be one of gratitude not only for those who died but for those who served.
Normally a memorial is placed on or near a location commemorating a special event, a special place or a special person. In Exodus 12:14, Israel was told that they were to remember the Passover (event) and that it would be a memorial throughout their generations. In Joshua 4:4-7, according to the command of the Lord, Joshua had the twelve men place stones where the Red Sea was parted (place). In Matthew 26:10-13, Jesus rebukes his disciples as they question the woman who is anointing his head. He reminds them that her act of love is a memorial to her (person).
Come with me now to the eternal Memorial where we have the event, the place, and the person all in one. I refer, of course, to the Memorial, the remembrance, if you will, the place where Christ died for you and me. Luke 23:33a, “and when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.” He is a very special person; He is the son of God. John 20:31, “but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God: and that believing you might have life through his name.” It was a very special event; for here the just demands of God were met. For the first time and the last time a perfect sacrifice was offered for the sins of man.
Calvary is that very special place, where a very special event took place. Jesus Christ, the son of God, a very special person, was crucified for you and me. I challenge you, dear reader, to make Calvary and what happened there a very special part of your life. Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” The death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus is truly an eternal memorial.