Remember…..

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23  For I received from the Lord the teaching that I passed on to you: that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took a piece of bread, 24  gave thanks to God, broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in memory of me.” 25  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup and said, “This cup is God’s new covenant, sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in memory of me.” 26  This means that every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (TEV)

15      In these times of violence and brutal, savage sexuality, we have to be rebels: we refuse point blank to go with the tide, and become beasts. We want to behave like children of God, like men and women who are on intimate terms with their Father, who is in Heaven and who wants to be very close to—inside!—each one of us.  (1)

Disclaimer:  This blog is not primarily about 9-11.

there was a massacre once, the slaughter of the innocent, that we should not, will not, cannot forget.

It was ultimate act of depravity, the ultimate act of violence, and it is something we have to remember, not because of the violence, not because of the savagery, but because in that very act, we are given hope.  Even in that death, we are given life. Even in that savage, torturous, incomprehensible act, we find our rest an peace.

There is no greater paradox.

Paul instructs the church to remember not just the act above, but the One who was brutalized and killed.  In Greek the work translaeted “to remember, to not forget, to memorialize, etc”  is much stronger than just give him a passing thought.  It is related to words like repentance (to have a new mind) and the root where we get paranoia.  It is something that deeply affects and is rooted in the mind.  Not just knowledge, not just a passing thought, but something that burns into our mind and soul, that causes in us a change.

We proclaim that death, we reveal again the love that is revealed in His willing sacrifice of His life for us.

Something that changes everything.

Some of us will remember 9-11, like those before us remember the Shuttle exploding, or the Oklahoma City Bombing, like those, who remember Kennedy getting shot, or Pearl Harbor.  There are other events that we will never forget because they scar our souls, they ring us to the core, they cause us to be on guard.

this remembrance, where we take and eat the Body of Christ given up for us, where we drink the Blood of Christ given and shed so that sin is forgiven, this knowing the presence and depth of the love of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, doesn’t just scar our souls, it brings healing and life to our heart and soul, our mind and body that have been scarred by sin and the injustice of the world.  It sustains us through the rush of the world’s evil, and the traumas of life.

That is why we remember, that is why we proclaim His death until He comes….

For in knowing Him, we know peace.

(1)   Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 290-293). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

 

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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