Veterans - Welcome Home

“And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”

Matthew 27:28-31 NKJV

I have always had an honor for veterans, those who have served our country, and kept our nation a free nation. But as I watched a gentleman the other day proudly support his Vietnam Veterans hat it made me truly think about the price that so many paid. But this particular war brought about the thought of young men and women returning home to an angry hostile country, they were looked down upon for fighting in that war, they were jeered at, called names, and even spit on by people they had fought for and were protecting. Some fifty years later many of them are just now being told, “welcome home”. It made me think how ironic that people were calling them names and spitting on the very people who had gone to battle and fought for our nation. When I look back I see another man who was called names, spit upon and ultimately crucified by people he came to save. The multitude did not care that he was, Emmanuel, God with us. They only wanted someone to blame and someone to pay the price. Isn’t this exactly what our soldiers have done, many have paid the price with their own lives for our freedom. Jesus paid the ultimate price for your soul. He too did not deserve, the humiliation and death that was places upon him. But just like the brave soldiers of Vietnam he too took on a punishment that should not have been his to bear, but he willingly laid down his life for ours. So the next time you see a veteran, make sure you tell them, “thank you for your service!” Because ultimately they went to battle, so that you did not have to. And take a moment and thank Jesus for His ultimate sacrifice for your sins, so that you might have eternal salvation, that he might say to you, “welcome home.”

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