“Do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24b)
To remember is a good thing.
This Memorial Day, we as a nation take time to reflect, recall and remember the sacrifice of those military service members, who through the years, have sacrificed much to pass on the liberty we enjoy.
We remember their service, on foreign fields far from home. We remember the hardships endured and overcome. We remember the sacrifice of families back home who agonized over their absence, praying for a safe return. And we remember the great many families whose worst fears were realized.
We have set aside a “day of memorial” to in particular remember those men and women made the ultimate sacrifice in the laying down of their lives.
To remember is a good thing.
We believe at our core, regardless of political affiliation or how much an individual may suppress it, that a person who lays down their life for the life of another has performed the ultimate act of love. God has put that into the heart of every person.
God has made every heart sensitive to the ultimate act of love so that when his Son, the Lord Jesus did that very act of sacrificial service, it would strike a chord in every heart.
And it is because of His sacrifice; the ultimate laying down of a life for another, our Memorial Day should be a pointer to the One whom we should remember this day. Our remembering should not be a nostalgic sentimentalism but a soul stirring time of reflection on the greatest sacrifice the world has ever seen.
The reason why we should remember, the reason Jesus said to, “do this in remembrance of me,” is that we are prone to forget. Like we are prone to forget the sacrifice of the military on a national level, we forget the sacrifice of Jesus at a heart level.
We need to remember Jesus because we forget that God loves us. With hearts bent to think that good times are evidence of God’s love and hard times are proof of his displeasure, we remember that God has proven, in Jesus, that all the anger of God was poured out on his Son. There is nothing left for those who are redeemed in the Son except love.
We need to remember Jesus because we forget that God knows what’s best for me. I think I am pretty good at running my life, calling the shots…just like you. But I don’t have a clue. I would have never come up with a plan for the salvation of my soul that entailed the death of God the Son. But God knew what we best for me and has provided it. Which means that every day, what I can expect is God to do exactly what is best for me, regardless of how it feels or if I would have chosen it for myself.
We need to remember Jesus because we forget that God is with and for me. Oh how easy it is to in good times think that we are self-sufficient. And oh how much easier it is on the hard days to believe that God is out to get us. The truth however is that in Jesus, our Father has proven that he will never leave or forsake us. He has made clear that his steadfast love toward us is never-ending.
This Memorial Day please take a moment to thank those who laid down their life on your behalf. Then take a moment to remember your great God and King, Jesus, who made the ultimate sacrifice for the salvation of your soul.
Do that in remembrance of Him.
– Eric Creekmore, Lead Pastor