The Blood of the Soldier, the Blood of the Savior

“When they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. Then they led Him out to crucify Him.”

— Mark 15:20

November 11 is Veterans Day. It marks this day in 1918, when the Armistice was signed, ending four years of bloody battles in Europe at the close of World War I. It was initially called Armistice Day but eventually was changed to Veterans Day, when in 1954, President Ike Eisenhower signed a bill changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

It is a day to remember the thousands who have died for the liberties we enjoy in this country, as well as to remember all of those who were maimed and wounded and still carry, sometimes decades later, the signs and evidences of their combat.

War should be avoided if at all possible. But in this evil world, that is not always possible.

Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We are so good at doing nothing, aren’t we? Not many more than half of us vote. Few of us work to elect decent candidates or do anything to advance the cause of virtue and morality in America.

Freedom is not free. It was paid for by the blood of the soldier. Spiritual freedom is not free. It was paid for by the blood of the Savior, which is of infinitely greater value.

Jesus Christ our Savior, give me strength for today to continue to fight evil. Help us to not take for granted either our salvation or our freedom. Help us to be grateful, knowing these were purchased with blood…