13th November 2011

Remembrance

“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you. The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIV)

Early November seems to be the time for remembering. “Remember, remember the 5th November”, although I don’t see why we should be remembering an attempt to kill all the British members of Parliament. Today, Remembrance Day, is remembering November 11, 1918, when World War I finally came to an end after millions of men and women died in “the war to end all wars” protecting all Europe against an enemy. And also remembering World War II, and the hundreds of smaller wars since then, in which millions more died defending freedom. It’s certainly appropriate that we remember their sacrifice.

But, as Christians, it’s to be hoped that we remember the greatest sacrifice and death of all time.  God Himself came to earth in the form of Jesus, giving up His power and authority as very creator, to live, be tortured, killed, resurrected and ascend again to heaven—so that all humanity could have the opportunity to be freed from the tyranny of Satan, from the penalty of our sins and to live in eternal peace and happiness. That’s a Remembrance worth remembering often.

How often? Well, how about at least once a day? When we wake up each morning, we are sort of being resurrected from the dead (some more so than others!). First thing, we can thank God for the start of another day with Him living in us through the Holy Spirit. We don’t know what the day will hold (or even if we’ll live through it), so we certainly need Him.

In the scripture above, Jesus told us to take the communion symbols in remembrance of Him. Not just in order that we would remember His sacrifice and death (how could we ever forget?), but to demonstrate that remembrance, gratitude and commitment to continue a life of faith in Him who lives actually inside us. Putting the symbols into us reminds us that God put Himself into us.

How often then? Well, the scripture says “as often as we do it” or “whenever we do it” so it seems as if it’s our choice. Many people take communion once a day, others once a week or once a month, or even once a year. As often as we do it, we remember the death of Jesus once for all.

Prayer
Wonderful God—Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit—thanks so much for the miracle of your living in us through your Spirit. Help us always to remember this and to live for, and be led by, you as true Christians.
Amen

Study by Brian Smith

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