Sunday, November 8, 2009

Remembrance Day Communion Meditation

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:23b-26).

Twice Jesus told His followers, "Do this in remembrance of me." It's as if Jesus said, "When I am gone, don't forget Me. Whenever you eat this and drink this cup, remember Me and all that I suffered for your sake."

Today, I am wearing a poppy as a symbol of remembrance, a reminder of the blood-red flower that still grows on the former battlefields of France and Belgium. During the terrible bloodshed of the second battle of Ypres in the spring of 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a doctor serving with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, wrote of these flowers which lived among the graves of dead soldiers.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

As Christians, we also have symbols of remembrance. These symbols are before us: the bread and the cup of the Lord's Supper. Why do we need Remembrance Day and the Lord's Supper? Because we are forgetful people. We need to be reminded to remember.

On Remembrance Day, we hear the phrase, "Lest we forget." As Canadians, we should never forget the sacrifice of our brave soldiers who lost their lives in battle. And as Christians, we should never forget the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ who gave His life for our eternal salvation.

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