This weekend is not primarily about a three day weekend or the unofficial start to summer or a family cookout. No, this weekend is when we pause and remember the sacrifice made by men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Freedom isn’t free. Our freedoms we enjoy in America came at a price and our freedoms we enjoy as Christians came at a price.

It is the soldier and not the politician that makes America great.

God lavishes His grace on Christians through His saving initiative.

We are hopeless and helpless without Christ.

Imagine for a moment, physically speaking, how far you would travel from home if every day you simply walked in the same direction down a well-worn, popular path. Spiritually, the life of a non-Christian is like that. With one’s back toward God and his face toward selfishness and sin, the sinner daily walks deeper into darkness, devastation, and death.

There is hope in Christ.

But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved.

Freedom isn’t free. It cost Christ His life to ensure our freedom as Christians.

Freedom isn’t free. It cost the soldier his/her life to ensure our freedom in America.

We will marvel for all of eternity over the incredible kindness and love of God. It will take all of eternity to fathom God’s love and those who are saved will never plumb the depths of it.

During WWII a young soldier named David Webster of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne wrote his mother: “Stop worrying about me. I joined the parachutists to fight. I intend to fight. If necessary, I shall die fighting, but don’t worry about this because no war can be won without young men dying. Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.

Freedom isn’t free. Our freedom in America came at the cost of the soldiers. Our freedom as Christians came at the cost of Christ. May we remember and never forget the cost.