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Cross on a Grave

by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator

I have been watching the HBO series on John Adams over the past few days, and since we just celebrated President's Day, I thought it appropriate to spend a few minutes thinking about the great sacrifices our Founding Fathers made for this nation. 

That word–sacrifice–has a couple of different meanings. As Christians, we think back to the times when the Jews were obligated to sacrifice a perfect lamb to atone for their sins and, of course, for the great and final sacrifice that Jesus made on behalf of lost sinners, which includes you and me. 

In this blog, I want us to reflect on a similar kind of sacrifice made by men and women willing to give up something they treasured for the sake of something greater than themselves.  Can I give you just a glimpse into the sacrificial life of John Adams through a letter he sent to his wife, Abigal, in the spring of 1777?

“Is it not intollerable, that the opening Spring, which I should enjoy with my Wife and Children upon my little Farm, should pass away, and laugh at me, for labouring, Day after Day, and Month after Month, in a Conclave [i.e., the Continental Congress], Where neither Taste, nor Fancy, nor Reason, nor Passion, nor Appetite can be gratified?

“Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it."

I do not wish to make a political statement with this blog but simply want to help us reflect on the word sacrifice and both what it meant to previous generations and what it means to our present generation. Are we willing to give of ourselves for the sake of something greater as  our Founding Fathers and Mothers were? I pray that we are. The apostle John quotes Jesus in John 15:12-13 with these well-known words: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."

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