Indianapolis police officer Perry Renn, 51, died last weekend from wounds received in a gun battle. Renn, a former paratrooper, saved several bystanders when he fired back at the suspect, critically wounding him.
Officer Renn’s funeral was held yesterday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where the Indiana Pacers basketball team plays their home games. Gov. Mike Pence spoke at the funeral, and said, “Heroes are not simply defined in moments of crisis, they also are defined in moments of quiet dedication.” All who knew Officer Renn will tell you that he met every criteria for being a hero.
The funeral procession was 11 miles long. It was a fitting tribute to honor a hero who was willing to give his life to save others.
Jesus Christ is also a hero. He willingly gave up his innocent life to save us from our sins. It is fitting that we honor him by remembering him as he told us to do, by participating in the Lord’s Supper.
“…The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”—Matthew 20:28.