Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 12/07/2023

Today is December 7. Every time I hear that date, I automatically go to the day that will live forever in infamy to Americans, the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The surprise attack that Sunday on the American Naval Base in Hawaii in the early morning hours, changed world history forever. The very next day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked congress to approve his declaration of war. Over 2,400 American service members and civilians lost their lives that day. WWII turned into a worldwide blood bath leading to estimates of 60 million deaths; around 420,000 American military and civilian deaths have been attributed to the war. The total number of lives impacted by these deaths is beyond calculation. Each death impacted family members and communities beyond our understanding.

The call to remember such tragedy is vital for everyone, not to look back and attribute blame and harbor bitterness but to realize that there is value and worth in every life. Most people can tell you that the Japanese were responsible for the attack on Peal Harbor; it is interesting that Japan is now one of America’s strongest allies and is the largest source of international tourist to the state of Hawaii.

The Christmas season focuses on the birth of the Infant King (at least it should) but the manger always needs to be thought of in the shadow of the cross. Caiaphas, the High Priest at the time of Jesus’ death, uttered prophetic words when he stated “It is better for one man to die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.” his understanding of Jesus’ sacrificial death was totally misunderstood. Jesus’ death fulfilled the requirements of the entire sacrificial system. The one solitary death of Jesus defeated the power of sin for all mankind. His death was all inclusive, it was for everyone everywhere; He is the Savor for all mankind. A conscious decision to accept the salvation He offers is open for all.

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you ask God to open your eyes and heart to the world around you that so desperately needs the one and only Savior, Jesus the Christ. May you see the manger in the shadow of the cross and understand the value and worth that God sees in every person you touch shoulders with on a daily basis. The Eternal Son entered this world for everyone, may we serve as His ambassadors with the same attitude towards others.

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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