June 5, 2021

Re-Membering

God regarded their distress when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant.
Psalm 106:44-45
If remembering is one of the most important things human beings do, it's even more important to Christians specifically. The two things we call sacraments are re-enactments of events in the life of Jesus—events that he told us to participate in ourselves. And of these two sacraments, the one we take part in over and over again throughout our lives is specifically about remembering. When we eat the bread and drink the wine, we remember his suffering and death on our behalf. This isn't simple nostalgia. It is intended to be true re-membering: Making Jesus life, death, and resurrection as much a reality in our lives today as they were when they actually happened. 

It should come as no surprise to any of us that remembering is central to who we are and what we believe. We are, after all, made in God's image. And both the scriptures remind us repeatedly that God remembers. Once again, this is not some sort of nostalgia on God's part. Nor does God need to be reminded of something that might otherwise be forgotten. In the same way the Lord's Supper is a re-membering of the events at the end of Jesus' life, so God re-members the promises made to us—in the mind of God they are fresh and new, they are happening now as they happened thousands of years ago. 

So when we gather round the table and remember, let us rest in the faith that God has not forgotten.

He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
 Luke 1:54-55
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
When I receive the bread and the cup from my neighbor's hand, may it be your image I see as my servant. When I remember my Lord, may his death and resurrection be made real to me.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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