Monday, June 5, 2017

A Memorial to Remember- Part 2

Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

God created everything in the Cosmos and on earth in six days and on the seventh day He rested. In Mark 2:27, Jesus tells us: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Both the normal weekly Sabbath and the special Sabbaths that were to be observed as part of the Jewish feasts point us to the ultimate Sabbath rest, which is found only in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead on the third day (Sunday) and that day of the week has become the Day of Remembrance, Worship and Rest for the Christian. It is a rest that Christians experience through faith in the finished work of Christ upon the cross.

1 Corinthians 11:23b-25 “The Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner, He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

The last memorial that the Lord Jesus Christ gave us all was the Meal of Remembrance when He instituted “Communion” at the Last Supper. Jesus said in Matthew 26:28 “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Jesus was the fulfillment of prophesy of Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.

At the Communion table, we not only proclaim that we believe in the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but we remember who He is, what He did for us on the cross, what He is doing for us today and what He is going to do for us in the future. Holy Communion is a discipling event that proclaims our faith by partaking and participating as one body in unity, honoring the Lord. Because of our sin, we are not worthy of the kingdom of God, but God is holy and worthy. Child of God, do not forget how you came to be here; the grace that was given in God’s plan of Salvation and the price that was paid on that cross at Calvary by Christ, so that you and I are able to enjoy all of the blessings that we have. God has given us so many blessings. Remember and count your blessings.

Always remember and never forget what Jesus said in John 3:14-17 “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

In Christ, Brian

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