Jesus Veteran – Been There, Done That


Been there, done that is an expression used to indicate someone who has personal experience of the topic at hand. On November 11th, 2012, America celebrated its Veteran’s day in honor and in remembrance of the many living soldiers who fought to defend the people of the country. In the context of war, a Veteran is a person who is not afraid of going behind enemy lines and has been there and done that.

In the context of spiritual warfare, the ultimate Veteran who has been behind enemy (satan or devil or adversary) and overcome is Jesus Christ. He died to destroy the power of the enemy which is death (Hebrews 2:14), in defense of the people of the world (John 3:16), who were under its bondage (Hebrews 2:15) and overcame death destroying it and the devil by being resurrected to life, by the Power of God (Romans 1:4). In like manner, we ought to be warriors of God, for God. We need to withstand and stand in the evil day, adorning the whole armor of God, against the temptations, of the enemy of our souls (Ephesians 6:13,16). We can learn from Jesus himself, who was tempted in every which way, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). He is the ultimate Veteran, in dealing with temptation, and is able to succor us when we are tempted (Hebrews 2:18).

Points to ponder:
This Veteran’s day, while we wish our fellow veterans, gratitude for their service to their country, let us not forget to remember and express our heartfelt gratitude and sacrifice of praise to Jesus Christ – the Ultimate Veteran. He gave his life for you and me once and if he was asked to do it again, he would respond without hesitation, “Absolutely, Been There, Done That – I’ll do it gladly for you again.” The question is, would you and I be willing to gladly give our life to him, in response to his call of Love, expressed on the Cross. Do not continue to be subject under the bondage of sin and death. When our time on earth is due and the roll call in heaven is taken, can you and I say, when asked of our account in serving God as Jesus did, in being his servant and soldier, “Been There, Done That.” so he can say of each one of us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.”

Hebrews 2:13-18 (KJV)
13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

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The Veteran – Jesus Christ


Freedom - Broken ChainsOn November 11, Americans celebrate Veterans Day honoring military veterans. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, as it is the day in which the Armistice that ended World War I was signed.

While driving by, I saw a billboard outside a church, which read “Freedom did not come by free, so say thank you to a veteran.” As I pondered on that thought, I realized that the same is true with our Spiritual conditional as well. Freedom (from the power of the devil and from death) did not come by free. It cost the Almighty God of the universe, His Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. It cost Jesus, His life so that we may be made alive. It cost God to forsake His very own so that He may accept us and free us from the bondage of sin and its penalty, which is death. Freedom did not come by free!

The Bible says, as the grace of God, which frees us, reaches more and more people, there will be more thanksgiving and God will receive more and more glory (2 Corinthians 4:15). This means that, we who have come under the grace of God, must be thankful, for by our thankfulness, God attains more glory. Freedom for us from hell did not come by free, so we need to say thank you to THE VETERAN – Jesus Christ.

Point(s) to ponder:
When was the last time you/I were/was thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ? What were/was you/I thankful for?

2 Corinthians 4:15 (NLT)
15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.