This time of year, Canadians wear poppies. As you know, poppies are symbols of remembrance. We wear poppies as a way of remembering the Canadian men and women who lost their lives in battle serving their country.
Before us now are two other symbols of remembrance: the bread and the cup of the Lord's Supper. The bread is a symbol of Christ's body, which was nailed to the cross. The cup is a symbol of Christ's blood, which was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
The apostle Paul writes,
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thinks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this is in remembrance of me." In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes (1 Cor. 11:23-26).
One of the sayings of Remembrance Day is "Lest we forget." As Canadians, we must never forget the sacrifice of the men and women of our Canadian Armed Forces. May their service inspire us to be better citizens of Canada.
And as Christians, we must never forget the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. May his love for us motivate us to surrender our lives fully to his will.