Acts 5:29 – But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
“You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.” These were the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered to all Allied forces just before the greatest battle of all time, the invasion of Normandy, or D-Day. The invasion, while very well planned had many things working against it, weather, the involvement of troops from many Allied countries and the coordination of many separate offensives. However, when it came time to proceed, regardless of the obstacles, the decision was made to go forward with a plan that would change the outcome of the war and the world today. The men that were a part of this endeavor, especially those who landed via amphibious craft on the open beaches, were very aware that they could die. We owe so much to these men and the countless others, in subsequent wars and battles, who have risked and given their lives for our freedom.
When you think back to the time after Jesus left the Apostles to sit on the right hand of the Father, these men faced great odds. They were given a similar order from Jesus, And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation., Mark 16:15. These men knew the odds they faced but they also knew what it meant and more importantly who it was from. So they did and in the process they risked their lives time and time again to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Eventually, all but John would be put to death for proclaiming the Gospel.
History is footnoted with the courage of great men and women for many noble causes but is there any cause more noble, more important than preaching the Gospel of Jesus? We live in a time where proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus indeed takes courage. Do you proudly proclaim where you stand in this ongoing battle? If not, why not? The many men and women, who we remember today, gave their lives for your freedom, which was first given to us by Jesus. Our country was founded on the principles that He taught and spread by his Disciples. We owe them everything!
Acts 5:41-42 – Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.