June 1, 2021
By Karen Hunt
With two kids in school, I need a planner because, without it, I forget everything! I forget small things; I forget big things. To my embarrassment, I sometimes even forget things when I have them in my planner. Once I even forgot which day my children were to return from winter break. The school secretary’s cold voice asking when I was planning to have my children come back to school made me want to crawl under a rock.
Fortunately, I am not the only person who forgets things, and it’s a good thing that God understands that. Throughout the Bible, God sets up memorials for his people to remember different events in their history that showed his love and care for them.
Today is Memorial Day. It is the day that we remember those in the armed forces who died not for themselves but for a greater cause. On this day, we have parades and picnics and go to their graves to remember their sacrifice for our freedom. It’s good that we take a day off to remember that our way of life came from their ultimate sacrifice. We remember it in different ways, but we remember.
The most important memorial in the Bible also comes from an ultimate sacrifice. On the night He was betrayed, Jesus set in place a way for them to remember the crucifixion, a way to remember His love and His sacrifice.
In 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (NIV) Paul recounted, “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.’”
This memorial has been done since then in churches, not just in America, but around the world. Even if communion is celebrated in different ways, what we remember is the same. This is our memorial that Jesus loved us so much that He would sacrifice Himself for our sins; so much that He would die for us.
When I was a child, God’s love–the fact that He would care so much for his creation–drew me to have Him come into my heart. Each time I take communion, or the Lord’s Supper as it is sometimes called, I remember His sacrifice for me, to reconcile me to Himself and bring me new life.
When Jesus died, He paid for our sins, we were released from our sins and were set free. We now have a new way of life because of his sacrifice. So as I go through one planner-filled day after another, I know that Jesus Himself has supplied a way for me to remember that I have a new life and new freedom in His love.
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