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Spiritual Life

The Unknown Soldier

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to you this April day regarding an Unknown Soldier.

They say as a small child, He grew up in an insignificant habitation, a place of very humble and lowly circumstances.  Not having a very dynamic appearance, I’m sure He was acquainted with rejection.

He knew what it was like to feel sorrow and grief, for all His loved ones despised and betrayed Him.

I’ll always remember that day He carried me to safety, putting His life on the line while engaged in action against the enemy forces, but never received a Medal of Honor.

Also, how He was wounded in action and chastised by the enemy but received not a Purple Heart.

His acceptional and meritorious service during the conflict and hostilities were a great responsibility, quite unique and in my opinion inhuman.  Yet still, He never received a Bronze Star.

I remember how they pierced Him and harshly mishandled and treated Him.  The oppression and sorrow that had shown on His face seemed to make Him look rather disfigured and marred.

Strangely enough through all this, I distinctly recall that not a word was said in retaliation to defend Himself against His oppressors.

This soldier who saved my life in the war, I never was quite able to give Him in return all that He’s done for me.

I remember too, His remarkable patience and selfless sufferings, an extraordinary hero in my eyes.  I could never understand why He did not receive a Distinguished Service Cross, but did receive a Dishonerable Mention.

I truly wonder how His Father felt receiving the letter regarding His Son.  I’m sure He was very proud to know the many soldiers He saved from death during this war, and the great compassion and love for His fellowman.

For I once heard someone say “Greater love hath no man than this that He lay down His life for His friends.”  (John 15:13)

Who was this man who died for me?  What was He to you or even me?  Was He not just the Christ who died on Calvary’s Tree, or the Savior of the world who set me free.

A tribute to the man of Isaiah chapter 53, He was a man of great honor and dignity.

Now what could I say to the Unknown Soldier of Isaiah 53?

Thank you Jesus for saving me!

In His Memory,

Lt. Gambino / Tag #777
Lieutenant Officer / God’s Army

First John 3:16 (NKJV) states, “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren….” What are some ways you can lay down your life for others?

Jesus paid the price for your salvation, for your liberation, for your physical healing, and for your complete restoration. When the price for your forgiveness was complete, Jesus bowed His head and died. God’s justice had been fulfilled. The Old Covenant had ended, and the New Covenant had begun. It was the fulfillment of one and the beginning of another.

Think of the price Jesus paid and what His death accomplished for you. Doesn’t it make you want to stop for a few minutes to thank Him for what He has done for you? Where would you be today if Jesus had not died on the Cross for you? Why don’t you take a little time right now to express your heartfelt thanksgiving to Jesus for paying the debt you never could have paid!

© Laura Gambino. Used with permission.

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