Sept. 11 is a date that will be remembered in the United States and around the world for many years. Eventually, it will only be something that young people will read about in their history books.
It seems that would never happen, but it is just the way things are. It will not mean as much to those who were not present to experience the effects it had on the world. Mankind moves on, life continues and things only become memories.
God knows his creation. When he gave his son to die for man’s sins, it was an unbelievable happening. How could God have so much love and mercy on mankind? This event was talked about for years and no doubt was remembered by those who were present. However, unlike other great events in history, this event is still remembered. Why? Because a memorial was established to bring it back to the minds and hearts of those who seek to please God.
On the night Jesus was crucified, he met with his disciples to celebrate the feast of the Passover. During this celebration, he told them one of them would betray him. As they were eating, Jesus instituted what is known as the Lord’s Supper. “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And he took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink ye all of it, for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom’” (Matthew 26:26-29).
This memorial was taken by the early church upon on the Lord’s Day. The Apostle Paul remained at Troas in order to observe this feast with those disciples at. Luke recorded, “And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread and came unto them to Troas in five days, where we abode seven days. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow, and continued his speech until midnight” (Acts 20:6-7).
Some are concerned that weekly observance of this memorial may weaken its importance. This should not be the case if done as Jesus instructed. Paul wrote: “…That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you. This do in remembrance of me.’ After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in my blood. This do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup, for he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body’” (1 Corinthians 11:23-29).
God created man to love and worship him, and partaking of the Lord’s Supper is part of that worship. It represents an event in history that must be remember as long as the world stands, for it is through the sacrifice of Jesus that God gave mankind the sacrifice needed for man to be saved. Never forget that day.