Matthew 26:6-13 “Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.”
No doubt it is a great blessing to dwell in America, and to enjoy the many liberties we have in this country. Many have given their very lives to protect and prolong this liberty for others, and rightly we thank God for those who thought about others more than themselves. Having said this, let me call attention to another even greater memorial mentioned in the above passage. The memorial of a woman who thought more about Jesus than herself, and gave her whole heart to Him. Many nowadays, as back then, think it a waste to give one’s all to Jesus Christ: However, those who do, find this dedication to be very profitable, trusting that they keep this frame of mind and heart.
Finally, how about the greatest memorial: the memorial of Jesus Christ laying down His life for us, while we were yet sinners! (Romans 5:6-8) “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Yes, American freedom is great, but freedom from sin and hell through and in the person of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the best, seeing this freedom in Christ is eternal and everlasting! Who will give their whole heart to Jesus Christ, and like the woman in Matthew 26, be a memorial of Christ and His goodness by letting God use what He’s graciously given us for His Honour and Glory? Who also will tell the memorial of what God has done for us: dying on the cross, being buried, and on the third day rising again–nevermore to die, to save us from sin and hell?