Remember Me: 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. Luke 22:19
July 10, 2014
A few months ago I caught the middle a radio talk show with a woman who works with terminally ill children. She said that one of the biggest worries these children have is that their family will forget about them after they die. To help calm these fears, they began helping the children set up "Remembrance Days" - certain days selected by the children (starting with their birthday) as well as various activities for their family to do on each of the particular days. These activities represented the child's favourites - such as eating pizza, wearing red and such like. The family would promise to observe these "Days of Remembrance" and, in this way, never forget about their child.
This talk show was of interest to me because 17 years ago this month, my brother was taken from me. He was 13; I was 17. Of greatest importance is that he knew the Lord Jesus Christ as His Saviour. But just three weeks ago I was asked how often I think about my brother. Every day? No. Every week? I don't think so. Every month? Maybe. Time passes and although I haven't forgotten about him I don't remember him at regular times. His picture sits in my living room along with my favourite one of the 2 of us when we were much younger. I enjoy various memories and often share them with my children - things about their Uncle Jeffrey that they never had a chance to know.
All of these thoughts brought me to our Lord Jesus Christ. Like these terminally ill children, He knew He was going to die. In fact He was born to die. And just before He died for the sins of the entire world, He set up a "Remembrance Day" complete with the activity of His choosing.
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. 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
Do this. Do what? Break bread. Why? In remembrance of Me. So you don't forget about Me.
Forget about Him? Is there a possibility that we might forget? Lest we think that impossible, long ago God had warned the Israelites to...
...Beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Deuteronomy 6:12
The Lord had done so much for them in the past and yet it was possible that they could forget.
And so could we.
Paul encouraged the Ephesian believers...
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:11-13
Remember what you once were. Remember what Christ has done.
What a sorry condition we were in, and in which we would still find ourselves, had it not been for Christ Jesus. But beware lest you forget. It seems the Lord knew that such a possibility existed and in His wisdom He instituted a "Day of Remembrance".
My brother died suddenly and unexpectedly. 17 years have come and gone and in all honesty I'm not sure I'd want to be observing certain "Remembrance Days" had he had the opportunity to set up such. But Acts 20:7 records for us that...upon the first day of the week ...the disciples came together to break bread. Immediately following the Lord's death the early disciples began observing His appointed "Remembrance Day" and all through the ages since that time, Christians have gathered to remember Him. Psalm 102:12 says, But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. Incredible when you think of it.
The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 126:3, the LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Are these words not the echo of our hearts as well? And yet, like the Israelites long ago, beware...lest we forget.
May we continue to celebrate the "Day of Remembrance" as He instituted, carrying out His simple request... this do in remembrance of Me.
And may the longing of our hearts be as Isaiah wrote...
...The desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. Isaiah 26:8