Most, if not all, of us are well aware that Memorial Day is a day set aside annually to remember all of those who are no longer with us. While much of the attention and the “festivities” (parades, etc.) are focused upon those who have sacrificed themselves for our country, the occasion is also a time to remember those who have made an impact on our lives in other ways. It remains to be seen what impact the lack of the usual gatherings and festivities this year, will have on the “celebration” of this very special day in our Nation. While it is easy to get caught up in all of the “pomp and circumstance” that is part of most Memorial Day observances, the solemnity of the occasion should never be degraded or forgotten. For the most part, on this special day in May, we Americans pay homage to those who have meant so much to us in our personal lives and/or as citizens of the United States. And rightfully so! However, the real essence and profoundness of this day is that the people that we honor, and the occasion for which we honor them, have a unique meaning to us that no person outside of our family or citizenry can truly appreciate!
Those who are members of the church that belongs to Christ, and are citizens of God’s Kingdom, participate in a “memorial day.” Not a day that comes only once a year, as in the Israelites lives with their Passover commemoration, but one which comes every week! Fifty-two times a year, we have a day when we commemorate the One Who has done more for us –- really, the entire world –- than any other being! Each, and every, Sunday we participate in a memorial of the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. “…Do this 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 Corin. 11:24-26) “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13) “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” Jesus continued in the following verse. Those of us who are friends of Jesus –- citizens of His Kingdom –- participate in this memorial every LORD’s Day as His Church has done since the first century. (Acts 2:42 & 20:7) Interestingly, some groups who consider themselves to be children of God do this only monthly, or quarterly, or even, less often, and question why we in the churches of Christ do it every week. The more obvious question would be why these groups do not want to honor the Savior more often. The real question is: why would any Christian not want to partake every Sunday of the greatest memorial feast ever instituted?
The LORD’s Supper, as we refer to it, is the commemoration to the greatest sacrifice ever made on behalf of any people! As a congregation of the LORD’s Church we partake weekly of His commemorative bread and cup to show our appreciation for, and to proclaim, His sacrifice for us. Because we truly appreciate God’s love for us, the Ripon church family commemorates Jesus’ great sacrifice and memorializes our Savior every week — solemnly, willingly, and happily! We participate in the ultimate “Memorial Day” every Sunday!
We pray for God’s continued blessings upon us as we continue to strive to do His will!