As we celebrate Memorial Day, what a great opportunity we have to reflect on all the men and women who have given their life in the ultimate act of sacrifice for our freedom! I am always led to think about heroes on Memorial Day weekend. No doubt those men and women are heroes in the truest sense of the word.
When I was growing up, I knew who my dad’s hero was, John Wayne! My dad would watch John Wayne movies at every opportunity. Although John Wayne’s most notable genre was Westerns, my dad did not care, he loved any movie that had the “Duke” in it.
As we think about heroes this Memorial Day Weekend, let’s remember the ultimate hero who has no equal. He is from Genesis to Revelation, and one day heaven will open and he will ride out to establish his Kingdom on earth. There is no grander scene than Revelation 19 as our hero, King Jesus returns;
Revelation 19:11–16 (ESV)
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Why Jesus Is My Hero!
1. He is King of the Kingdom of God.
“At the simplest, the Kingdom of God is the result of God’s mission to rescue and renew his sin-marred creation. The kingdom of God is about Jesus our King establishing his rule and reign over all creation, defeating the human and angelic evil powers, bringing order to all, enacting justice, and being worshipped as Lord…The Kingdom is both a journey and destination, both a rescue operation in this broken world and a perfect outcome in the new earth to come, both already started and not yet finished.”” – Driscoll/Beshears
“God’s universe centers around His Kingdom. At the heart of His Kingdom is His Dear Son. His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom. His Kingdom is to rule over all the earth. The Bible is the constitution of His Kingdom. Love is the language of His Kingdom. Faith is the currency in His Kingdom. The Holy Spirit is the governor and guide of His Kingdom. Citizens in His Kingdom are often called Christians, and their allegiance and loyalty are first and foremost—to God who sits on the throne; and His Son seated at His right hand; and His Spirit that is our intercessor on earth (Romans 8:26). The Kingdom of God is God’s total answer for man’s total needs. Righteousness is the precious commodity in His Kingdom and is to be sought after (Matthew 6:33). The first and foremost responsibility of a Kingdom citizen is to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” -Dwight McKissic
Implication: “Your are either living as a Kingdom Citizen or Worldly Citizen, you can’t have both! Is Jesus King of your life, are you a part of His Kingdom?”
John 18:36 (ESV) 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
2. He has rescued me from the Kingdom of Darkness.
Colossians 1:12–14 (ESV) 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Implication: “The question is not “if” Jesus has defeated sin, Satan, and the grave; the question is “has” he included you in his victory? You can raise your white flag today embrace God’s Grace through repentance and faith and be counted in the Lord’s Army or be dominated without mercy forever, He is Victor!”
“God is Creator; Satan is creature. God is sovereign; Satan is subordinate. This is not dualism; this is domination.” – David Platt
3. He has commissioned me in the ranks of the redeemed to proclaim His Kingdom Message.
2 Timothy 2:3–4 (ESV) 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
2 Corinthians 5:20–21 (ESV) 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Implication: “There is not place for Christian AWOL-(In military terminology, desertion is the abandonment of a “duty” or post without permission and is done with the intention of not returning. “Absence Without Leave” (AWOL) can refer to either desertion or a temporary absence)..your either a Gospel Proclaiming Soldier doing your duty until the Return of your King, or your are not in His Army”
“My main focus is that that I want to take the listeners for a swim in the text. I want us to immerse ourselves in Scripture, and my desire is particularly to exalt Jesus as the hero of the Bible – and by extension as the hero of every sermon. I want people to walk away every week and say, “What a great Savior” not “What a great sermon.”- Tony Merida