Due to Father’s Day weekend, we missed writing a word about Flag Day, so permit me a few words on that interesting subject today. Do you not find it interesting that a plain piece of cloth can cause intensely strong feelings in us? You will find this true if you are British; it is the Union Jack. And our friends to the north get that powerful feeling when flying their Maple Leaf. We Americans love the red, white, and blue with her stripes that we call our star spangled banner! The same holds true with the many other countries in this wonderful world. Flags give the people of sense of belonging. It is really a sense of history. Your flag has a story. You should learn it if you don’t know it. And it has a history for which it stands, for which it has stood for over a couple of centuries. We speak of our flag as our country, our place, as our home. Our flag identifies us. We are Americans!
Now while it is true that America has some terrible shortcomings and it seems to grow more violent, and while there seems to be less Christianity in our land today (which is also the case in much of the countries of the world), the great fact is that Almighty God loves the people of America. And He also loves the people in the rest of the world just as much as He loves us Americans.
For proof we point you to another flag which scripture calls a BANNER. In the oldest story about this wonderful world you will find in the book of Isaiah (11:10, 12) these strange words, “in that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a BANNER for the peoples; the Nations will rally to Him…(The Lord) will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth!” Read it again and note that Jesse was the father of David, whose royal order of kings ended in 586 B.C. when that great tree became a stump and Jesus, who is a blood descendant of David, because his mother was of the house and lineage of David, came into this world. Now that Root of the stump of Jesse, Jesus and the cross which held Him high, stands and flies as a banner for all.
This banner, the Cross, we are called to lift high for all people to see. It waves over the world as the message of salvation for all people. It wonderfully sums up His going to the cross and His victory over man’s sin, death and hell. Jesus has established the kingship of David once and for all, forever! The Cross is the royal flag that waves for everyone, everywhere, calling us always to repentance and faith, forgiveness and eternal life, world without end. Once an instrument of torture, the Cross has become the beautiful flag of your Savior and King!
P.S. Help raise the flag and let His kingdom come!