In March., 1836 the Battle of the Alamo took place. Mexican general Santa Anna attacked the missionary outpost killing the nearly 200 men defending the compound. The rallying cry from that battle that led to the removal of Texas from Mexico was “Remember the Alamo”. They were remembering a heroic struggle against impossible odds men sacrificing their lives for freedom. In our everyday lives there are “remembrances” that we participate in. Birthdays, anniversaries, national memorials (remembrances) such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, World War II and Vietnam memorials. We remember those who have died before us. We remember their lives lived for the Lord. We remember how we have lived our own personal lives. Has it been a wasted life or one that has been devoted to the Lord? According to Psalms 90:10 our days are numbered. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years … Many of you are just getting started in your lives and at the same time many are nearing the end of their life on this earth.
But we need to ask ourselves what does Scripture want us to remember? I would like us to think about three remembrances.
* Remember Christ our Salvation.
* Remember Christ our Conqueror.
* Remember Christ our Confidence.
Christ Our Salvation
In 1 Corinthians 11:17-26 Paul reminds us that we are to participate in the Lord’s Supper “doing this in remembrance of me” This time of remembrance is with a view in mind of our Lord Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. It is a time to refocus ourselves, reset our priorities as we start a new week. Why? Because we are a forgetful people. We need the reminder of the great sacrifice that was made for each one of us by the Lord Jesus who was the perfect, spotless undefiled Lamb of God. The Lord’s Supper can also act as a form of evangelism as a person is reminded of their need for a Savior.
Christ Our Conqueror
Paul in writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:8 reminds him that “Jesus Christ … was raised from the dead…” We do not worship or serve a dead person. Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father. Christ’s resurrection shows us that his death was accepted as payment for our sins by the Father. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 we see that Christ’s resurrection is the foundation for our Christian faith. We are reminded that Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave. God is in control. Do I live a life which shows I believe that Jesus Christ is alive and in control of my life?
Christ Our Confidence
Paul continues in verses 11-18 showing that our confidence is in the Lord. His resurrection is the basis for our confidence. We may die for the Lord but we will live with Him. We may suffer persecution but we will reign with Him. Paul tells Timothy to remind the people of these things. We are to live our lives in complete confidence and abandonment for the Lord. Paul wanted Timothy to exhort the saints to lives that have words that are profitable and will not subvert the hearers. They are to rightly divide the Word of Truth so they can show themselves approved unto God a workman that does not need to be ashamed. And they are to shun wicked, unholy and useless, empty, fruitless babblings.
As we remember Christ who is our salvation, conqueror and confidence may we be encouraged to give our lives whole heartedly unto the work of the Lord.