May 29, 2016
Today's Lesson :
Nehemiah: Building Integrity 7
Every year we make the same parallel, but every year it’s still valid. Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a day dedicated by our government for all Americans to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. I am glad we do this, and I’m sure you agree with me when I say, we can’t honor and remember them too much. They gave all to secure our freedom and rights. The very fact that we can meet in this building on Sunday morning without fear of being persecuted or limited by a repressive government is one of those rights. So is the fact that I can write this bulletin article without having it pass any government censors or worry about recrimination for what I write, is another one of those rights.
As I said, it’s natural and valid for us to use that as a reminder that every Sunday is a memorial day for children of God. Of course, every day is, but this is the day we choose to meet together and celebrate the freedom we have in Christ. A freedom that was purchased by his sacrifice on our behalf. Yes, we know something about memorial days. I think it’s interesting—talking about parallels—that the internet has been flooded with reminders that Memorial Day is not just a holiday and a good BBQ day, but a time to remember those who died serving this nation. “Don’t forget what it is REALLY about,” is the cry on FB and other social media options. Doesn’t that sound a little bit like Paul in 1 Corinthians 11? Or hundreds of presenters, preachers, and teachers through the years who have challenged us all to focus on the REAL REASON for having communion?
Like I said, it is and always will be a valid comparison or analogy to point out. We can have differing opinions about a lot of things concerning the communion, but the one thing we can all agree on is that Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” The reason for doing it is clear. I believe that Jesus used the most simple and available emblems of their time to give his followers a way to experience something real and tangible that would remind them that the body and blood on that cross was real and tangible.
I pray that your communion with your spiritual family this morning was something that took you back two thousand years and reminded you of the One who loves you more than anyone else in your life. I also hope that tomorrow, you take a moment to offer thanks for those who gave up family cookouts and everything they had for our freedoms and rights.
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