March 4, 2019
Prayer: Dear Lord, today we want to remember all that You have done for us. We are forever grateful for the cross.
Scripture: Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. 2Timothy 2:8-13 NAS
On March 6, 1836, the Alamo fell in a predawn assault. Over 200 men, all heroes, some well-known such as James Bowie and David (Davy) Crockett died defending the Alamo for the freedom of Texas.
On April 21, 1836, the Battle of San Jacinto began in the late afternoon with the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo!” Just eighteen minutes later the battle was over with the casualties being 630 Mexicans killed and 730 taken prisoner. Against this, only nine of the 910 Texans were killed or mortally wounded and thirty were wounded less seriously. By the next morning Santa Anna was captured and Texas was free.
The motivation to fight and win so that those who gave their lives at the Alamo would not have died in vain was so powerful, so consuming, and led to an amazingly swift victory. They had lost friends and fellow soldiers; they knew the strength of their enemy who had taken the lives of some famous and admired fighters. Their circumstances could have driven them into hiding but instead they were driven to fight even though they were greatly outnumbered.
The Jews still remember how God sent Moses to lead them out of Israel. Book after book in the Bible, even into the New Testament, calls out to, “Remember when God led them out of Egypt.” So on this anniversary week of the fall of the Alamo I challenge you to, “Remember the Cross!”
The Cross; the place where Christ fought Satan for you to be free from the eternal bondage of sin, the place where He laid down His life because He would rather die for you than live without you in Heaven. When your day has gone badly, when the doctor’s news is scary, when you seem to be losing the battle for your student’s attention, when your circumstances seem gloomy, when evil has swallowed up those you care about and even admired and you feel outnumbered, “Remember the Cross.” My prayer for you is that this would be your battle cry, “Remember the Cross!”
“Be always sure you’re right-then go ahead!” Davy Crockett
Copyright Kathy Branzell. Email firstname.lastname@example.org