Written by: Tim Wood
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel. (2 Timothy 2:8 ESV)
On memorial weekend we remember and honor our soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We remember with deep respect and gratitude. Christians understand the importance of remembering. Christians are “memorial people” because our faith depends on remembering. We remember the past with gracious gratitude.
God surrounds us with memorials. The Sabbath is a memorial to Israel’s freedom from slavery. Deuteronomy 5:15 says, “You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.” Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday. Christ-followers gather together on Sunday remember our freedom from the slavery of sin that came through Jesus’ finished work.
We remember his sacrifice by receiving bread and wine as memorials to God’s amazing grace. Every baptism, every, each Christmas celebration is a memorial to Jesus our Lord.
Remembering God’s grace past, is necessary fuel to our faith and God’s future grace for us. One of God’s most profound, mysterious and merciful gifts to us is memory. We remember what God has done and we are renewed.
As we commemorate Memorial Day, let us do so with profound gratitude for the extraordinary grace given to us when men and women laid their lives down for the sake of America’s survival.
As Christ-followers, let us make every day, as long as it is called today, a memorial day (Hebrews 3:13). Let us “be careful not to forget the LORD” (Deuteronomy 6:12). And every day, “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead!” (1 Timothy 2:18).