This week we are looking forward to Memorial Day weekend. So I thought it might be fitting to see what the Bible says about memorials.
A memorial is an object which serves as a focus for memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event. The most common type of memorial is the gravestone or the memorial plaque. Also common are war memorials commemorating those who have died in wars.
Each day this week we will look a memorial or something God has told us to remember. Today is The Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper
The first memorial we are considering in this list is found in Luke 22:19-20.
“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:19-20)
Of course the greatest memorial of them all is the Lord’s Supper which is a reminder of the broken body and shed blood of Christ.
The Communion service is a service of remembrance. It is the equivalent of the Passover feast under the Law of Moses. The Communion pictures Christ’s body and shed blood for our sins. Keeping this commandment is therefore something we naturally want to do.
Why did Jesus tell us to do this? So we would not forget that the sinless Son of God, came to earth as a man, preached to wicked ungodly men and women, was falsely accused, sentenced, tortured, shed His blood for our sins, crucified, died, was buried, and on the third day rose victorious over sin and the grave.
It was because men and women so quickly forget what great things God has done for them.
Tomorrow we will look at the rainbow.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001