Memories From The Past
There’s an old song that reminds us “Memories Are Made of This.” Sometimes all we have left of special events are the beautiful memories of a time long gone by. Each is a blessing to us, a continual reminder that we once experienced something so amazing, so sweet and wonderful, as never to be forgotten.
This past Mother’s day was such a moment for me. One of my daughters-in-law told her husband (my son) and their kids that all she wanted for Mother’s Day were pictures (she’s a scrapbooker and in continual need of up-to-dates of her kids!)
Later that evening, they packed up the family and their digital Nikon and alit first at our house and then later at her parents. Setting up the camera on a tripod and activating it remotely by cell phone, we moved around the yard posing family selfies.
We ended up with great pics of the day. But perhaps more importantly, we have the memories of family fun as we traipsed around the yard, lugging equipment and looking for new poses in new places. Everyone had his own say about what the best family portrait would look like.
Sitting here, recalling that good day, I can almost hear the voice of my Savior saying, “As oft as you do this, do it in remembrance of me.”
A Final Meal
A long time ago and shortly before His trial and execution, Jesus shared a last meal with His beloved disciples. After the meal, He took the bread, offered thanks to the Father and handing it to His disciples, said, “This is my body, broken for you.” Then He took the wine and offering thanks, He repeated, “This is my blood which was shed for you.” In my mind’s eye, I can see the softness in His eyes as He said, “As oft as you do this, do it in remembrance of Me.”
Jesus gave His disciples the Lord’s Supper to celebrate the memory of His life and the agony of His death. In this one substitutionary sacrifice, He accomplished the forgiveness of all sin, past, present, and future. He abolished forever the need for repetitive animal sacrifices and grain offerings that were required of His chosen people, the Jews. In Ephesians 2:8-9, He explains that there is nothing we can do to bring about our own salvation, but that it is a gift of God totally independent of our works. We call it Grace and it is free for the taking. We have only to receive and believe.
Who could ever forget such a selfless act of love! A moment so amazing, so sweet and wonderful! It is fitting that we participate in the celebration with Him, our hearts humbled and filled with gratitude. It was Jesus’ example to His disciples at that last supper and now it’s His command to us. “As oft as you do this, do it in remembrance of me.”