Those of us who are old enough to remember the events of September 11, 2001 know exactly where we were. I was in my sophomore year at college working the front desk when someone called to see if we had heard the news. At first it was very surreal, and then after a day or so, I quickly thought (though not for too long or evidently too seriously) about joining the military and going to fight for our country. This was my generations’ attack on Pearl Harbor. We promised never to forget; we promised to remember this day forever. For some they were promising to never forget who it was that attacked us, and so they joined the military to fight Al-Qaeda or give money to support the troops. For some they promise they will never forget the firefighters and policemen who gave their lives so they helped establish funds and memorials to give back to these civil servants. However most of the year I forget. Even the heightened security at the airport has now become routine without remembering what it was like before. However, the time I was most effected and almost brought to tears again was when I visited ground zero about 5 years ago. It was years after the attacks, but I saw the massive craters in the ground, the tributes in a church, and read letters and memorials. It was impacting. Then. But now 5 years ago I stretch to remember that event, let alone my emotions and reactions to the actual attacks.
Isn’t this so true for all of us in our relationship with God? There is another tragic death that occurred in history that is far more important that I remember, and yet I still find myself shocked how quickly I forget it. I think I am really busy and I have a lot to deal with my stuff, family matters, emails, work, and church. I don’t leave much time for reminiscing about this past event, and sometimes I even forget to remind myself to remember. We can wear t-shirts and bracelets or put bumper stickers on our cars and we will still forget. So since we can’t remember on our own, we need a Savior who can bring us back to remembrance. Jesus states in Luke 22: 19, “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Jesus doesn’t say to try harder to remember, but he says “Do this in remembrance.” Do what? What did he do in that upper room Passover meal with his disciples? He broke bread and gave it to them and then gave them a cup of wine that both symbolized his body beaten broken and bloodied on the cross. We read the next few chapters in Luke and find out what happened to Jesus as he was beaten, nailed to a cross, suffered, and died for sins. Jesus says come back to this. Come back believers and see my sacrifice that was made for you. Take this bread and cup and remember me, remember my work on the cross for you. My unconditional love for sinners those who would be my bride.
The way for us to remember is to keep coming back. Keep coming back to the Lord’s Table as we celebrate the body of our Savior who died and rose again. Come, my brothers and sisters, come to this table set for you and remember the work of Jesus who willingly gave his life for you and me. Come.