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Pastor's Blog - November 2010

Lest We Forget! I, like many thousands around our Country, will be stopping at the local War Memorial on November 11th, to salute the bravery of the many war veterans. I will remember men and women who literally sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Remembrance Day is an important day on our calendars. It is a day when everyone takes the time to stand still and to remember, with a deep sense of gratitude, our War dead. Many, these past few days, have been wearing the familiar Poppy, a symbol to remember the blood that was shed. November 11th brings a hush over our country. Everything stands still. Businesses close, schools close, Government buildings shut down, the Canadian flag sits at half-mast, and times of stillness and silence are adhered to; all for the purpose of remembering and expressing thanks. Thanks to those who gave their lives for our freedom; no doubt it’s a time in our history that we should never forget.

Also, at this time, I am caused to reflect upon another event that took place in our history that we are called upon to remember as well. This event also speaks of bravery and bloodshed; a time in our history that happened 2000 years ago, an event that many have unfortunately forgotten, despite the fact that the Bible commands us to take time to “Remember” it. It is the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Apostle Paul records the words of Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed, at the last supper in 1 Corinthians 11:24-25. Paul writes 24 “and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” Notice what Christ encourages His followers to do here; all humanity is encouraged to “Remember”. It may seem strange, but of all the wonderful things written in scripture concerning Christ, the one and only that we are called upon to remember is His DEATH! Why is that? Why didn’t He say remember my birth? My miracles? My life? Why did He say “Remember my death?” The simple answer, my friends, is that Christ knew that our Salvation could not come through His birth, His miracles, or even His life, but only through His Death! John records in his gospel, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” John 3:14-15 (NKJV). It was through His death on an old rugged cross that the way was made possible for you and I to be saved! And we need to “REMEMBER” that!

Blessings!

 

Click here to read a poem by Cal Dalley, entitled Lest We Forget