To Die For the Nation

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 Chronicles 10-12; John 11:30-57

47 Then the chief priests and Pharisees called together the council and said, “What are we going to do? This man is doing many miraculous signs! 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our people.”

49 One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, told them, “You don’t know anything! 50 You don’t see that it is better for you that one man die for the people rather than the whole nation be destroyed.” 51 He didn’t say this on his own. As high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus would soon die for the nation— 52 and not only for the nation. Jesus would also die so that God’s children scattered everywhere would be gathered together as one. 53 From that day on they plotted to kill him. (John 11: 47-53, Common English Bible).

This past Monday was Veteran’s Day. Many people are confused by what exactly Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and Armed Forces Day actually mean.

Armed Forces Day is the third Saturday of May. Armed Forces Day is to recognize those who currently serve our country. For those currently serving, we owe a debt of gratitude. They often live in and under extraordinarily difficult conditions so we can sleep better at night. Though he is not currently serving, our son Wayne spent five years in the Marine Corp. When he was deployed we gained a real understanding of what many parents have felt for generations.

Veteran’s Day is November 11th. Veteran’s Day celebrates those who have served our country in peacetime or in wartime. I was a peacetime sailor. I am proud to have served. There have been others like my father or my son who served during times of conflict. I am extraordinarily thankful for their service.

Then, there is Memorial Day. We celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day remembers those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It is for those who died in battle. For those who have served, it is the most solemn of days. It is a day for which we all should be thankful because, while all of us who have served said we would die for the nation, these were those who actually did. When someone “thanks me for my service” on Memorial Day, I want to scream, “No, it isn’t about me,” for at least that one day. That day is about people who did something I never had to do. Die for my country.

In our lesson today, the High Council was talking about someone dying for the nation but it wasn’t like what we remember on Memorial Day. It was more like what we remember on Good Friday and celebrate on Easter Sunday.

In the lesson, Caiaphas, the high priest, gives a prophecy to the council. “…You don’t see that it is better for you that one man die for the people rather than the whole nation be destroyed.” (John 11:50, CEB) Caiaphas was right. Well, he was partially right. Jesus would die for the nation, for the people. But, Caiaphas was saying that Jesus was dying to protect the nation from himself.

Yes, Caiaphas was partially right. Jesus did die for the people, all the people. He died, not to protect Israel, but to give we who believe life, eternal life with God. Praise God for such a blessing.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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