Time to Remember
As I work my way through the first 13 chapters in Deuteronomy – I am reminded that there is a consistent pattern throughout the Book: hope for the future is rooted in the past.
In Hebrew idiom, to remember carries the sense of deep reflection and meditation on the past, particularly with regard to God’s mighty acts of love, grace and promise.
When I wrote last time, I described Deuteronomy as a series of speeches or sermons by Moses, his last attempt to instill an obedient spirit in his audience.
He used the threat of judgment, the promise of reward, and appeals to God’s graciousness to seek to accomplish that goal.
Moses used some great imagery as well, see Deuteronomy 1:30-31 for an example. The imagery of God going before them, fighting for them and carrying Israel as a man carries his son, brings to mind Israel’s special relationship to the Lord through His covenant with Abraham and serves as a reminder of how deep the Father’s love runs for His children.
As we approach Easter this weekend, I am reminded again of how deep the Father’s love runs for us, the sending of His son Jesus to live with us. Jesus became sin that we might have life. I am reminded of His life, death and resurrection.
Jesus also gave us instructions, and something special to do in remembrance of Him.
Following each service this weekend, we will set up Communion stations for those that want to partake either as individuals or families. I encourage you to partake if you are follower of Christ.
I remember Jesus and the price he paid, do you? Join me this weekend, rally your families, friends, your 8-15 and encourage them to attend a service celebrating the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. The staff, worship team and Matt are ready to go. Come join us!
Following the service, come to the communion stations, reflect, and mediate on His promises and hope for the future.
I close with the Apostle Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is foryou. Do this 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.”
Until next time, keep reading…Jim Excerpts and references: BKC, HCSB Study Bible, Gospel Transformation Bible