In Remembrance

I’d like to share another Spurgeon devotional about something near and dear to my heart–the Lord’s Supper, Communion, or the Lord’s Table.  While we lived in Canada, we attended a small church that celebrated communion every Sunday.  Some might think that doing so would diminish the meaning of the “sacrament” or the Sacrifice.  But for me, sharing the bread and wine (juice, whatever) became more meaningful, more significant each and every week.  It became an anticipated time of reflection on the Cross, repentance for my sins, but most of all, thankfulness for God’s love toward me!

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“This do in remembrance of me.”  I Corinthians 11:24

“The implication from today’s text seems to be that Christians may forget Christ!  There could be no need for this loving exhortation if there were not a fearful supposition that our memoires might prove treacherous.  Nor is this a bare supposition.  It is, alas, too well confirmed in our experieince, not as a possibility, but as a lamentable fact!  It appears almost impossible that those who have been redeemed by the blood of the dying Lamb, who have been loved with an everlasting love by the eternal Son of God, could forget that gracious Saviour.  But if startling to the ear, it is, alas, too apparent to the eye to allow us to deny the crime.

Forget Him who never forgot us!  Forget Him who poured His blood forth for our sins!  Forget Him who loved us even to the death! Can it be possible??

Yes, it is not only possible, but conscience confesses that it is too sadly a fault with all of us, that we permit Him to be as a wayfaring man tarrying but for a night.  He whom we should make the abiding tenant of our memories is but a visitor therein.  The Cross, where one would think that memory would linger and inattentiveness would be an unknown intruder, is desecrated by the feet of forgetfulness.

Does not your consciense say that this is true?  Do you not find yourselves forgetful of Jesus?  Some creature steals away your heart, and you are unmindful of Him on whom your affection out to be set.  Some earthly business engrosses your attention when you should fix your eye steadily on the Cross.  It is the incessant turmoil of the world and the constant attraction of earthly things that take away the soul from Christ.  While memory too well preserves a poisonous weed, it permits the Rose of Sharon to wither.  Let us charge ourselves to always remember our Jesus, our Beloved, and whatever else we let slip, let us hold fast to Him!”

One thought on “In Remembrance

  1. Taking communion is such a blessing. I try to take communion each day. It means so much to me. It keeps the cross fresh in our minds. Praise God we have that freedom!
    Love Mom

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