“Remembrance”

My father-in-law, Bob, passed away several years ago at age 58—way too young! Every once in awhile my wife and I are startled to see a man with a full-head of white hair, square jaw and good posture and wearing the same type of glasses as Bob did. It is an eerie sense of déjà vu and given a fog and a little more distance… When we see a “double” we soon realize that the voice and mannerisms are very different. Certain traits and habits of Bob come to our remembrance when we see old photos, work in our
garden or travel back to Darlene’s hometown. We often thank God for the gift of remembrance.

Although Christians have never seen the face of Jesus nor heard His voice, they can say that they know Him and hold Him in remembrance by believing the witness of the New Testament writers and their Holy Spirit inspired writings. (1 Tim 3:16-17) Both Luke
and Paul recall the words of Jesus Christ our Lord that we should hold Him in remembrance. (Lk 22:17) (1 Cor 11:23-29) Each Lord’s day (Sunday) we observe that command and proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again. (1 Cor 11: 26) He told us that the bread represents His body and that the fruit of the vine (grape juice) symbolizes His blood. (Lk 22:19-20) Jesus wanted us to remember and honor His death, burial and resurrection. (1 Cor 15:3-4) When we come together as the Lord’s church (1 Cor 11:18) (Acts 20: 7) we also remember He died because of our sins.
(1 Cor 15:3) We also honor Him by obeying His command to teach the gospel to all peoples. (Mt 28:19)

In fact, at the Lord’s second coming all will see and hear: loud commands of the archangel, the trumpet call of God, and blazing fire. (1 Thes 4:14-17) Every knee will bow before God to be judged. (Rom 14:11) (Mt 25:31-46) The Lord has been patient not wanting any to perish, but the day of the Lord will come and this earth and all the
elements will be destroyed by fire. (2 Pe 3:8-11) For the immersed believer, there will no longer be the need for remembrance—it will be a day of recognition, rejoicing and reaffirmation.

Jim Bailey