The Importance of Memorials (By: Unknown)

Memorial Day is tomorrow which is a day designated for us to remember specifically those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom and ensure we continue to enjoy that liberty in this great country of ours! Memorials are certainly important to a nation, but more importantly they’re crucial to our faith. We find references in the Bible to Memorials in the O.T. as well as the New Testament.
Perhaps the first reference to a memorial designated by God is found in Gen. 9:8-17- I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (14) Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, (15) I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. (16) Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (17) So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
The rainbow is a visible memorial to us helping us remember God will keep His promise to never destroy the earth by flood again. It’s interesting that God appears to “see” the rainbow along with us. The text says, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”(v.16).
For Christians the Lord’s Supper or Communion we partake of every Lord’s Day is a New Testament memorial helping us remember and appreciate the great sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Luke 22:17-20- After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. (18) For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” (19) And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (20) In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Jesus is with us as we partake of this unique memorial communion together, we know this to be true because Matthew adds- Matthew 26:29- I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Jesus is referring to being present with those who are members of His Kingdom, His Church, His Body as they partake of the Lord’s Supper memorial together on the first day of the week.
So God looks with us as we see the rainbow and remember is promise to never again ravage the world with flood waters and Christ participates with us as we (Christians) remember and appreciate the pain, suffering and humiliation that Christ bore upon himself on our behalf. Isaiah 53:4-5 – Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. (5) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We remember that we enjoy all the spiritual blessings God has for us including spiritual healing and peace that surpasses all understanding ONLY because Christ was willing to suffer that wrath of God that we might experience forgiveness and the hope of eternal life.

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