In Remembrance

Taking CommunionI have been to many memorial services that are pretty sad. Reflecting on the loss of a friend or family member can be pretty hard. I can still remember lots of cool experiences with my Mammie & Pappy who lived in Kentucky where I grew up. I remember even as an adult sitting on the porch with them talking about life and my family.  Their lives left an indelible mark on my life. Our memory of past events affects our present in big ways. It is through the eyes of our memories we view our world today.

Jesus gave His disciples some incredible memorable moments. One of the most memorable moments was their last evening together before His arrest and death.  He was eating the Passover meal with them. Check this out…

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28 NIV)

This simple remembrance moment has been passed through all generations and in fact, I look forward to reflecting on His life and death and what it means to me daily. This remembrance is important for believers to never forget the price paid for grace. I love this song that Matt Maher has written about remembrance. Check this out….

Oh, how could it be
That my God would welcome me into this mystery
Say take this bread, take this wine
Now the simple made divine for any to receive
 
By Your mercy, we come to Your table
By Your grace, You are making us faithful
 
Lord, we remember You
And remembrance leads us to worship
And as we worship You
Our worship leads to communion
We respond to Your invitation, we remember You
 
See His body, His blood
Know that He has overcome every trial we will face
None too lost to be saved
None too broken or ashamed, all are welcome in this place
 
By Your mercy, we come to Your table
By Your grace, You are making us faithful
 
Lord, we remember You
And remembrance leads us to worship
And as we worship You
Our worship leads to communion
We respond to Your invitation, we remember You
 
Dying You destroyed our death
Rising You restored our life
Lord Jesus, come in glory
 

Remembering Jesus changes the way I live today. I can’t look at what He did for me and not be changed. Remembering Jesus leads me to worship every time. He is worthy of my worship and He loves it when I express my love to Him. I hope that I never stop remembering.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

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