Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorials

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

In the United States, we have a holiday on the last Monday in May. It's called Memorial Day and it honors those who gave their lives to protect our nation. And whether you're here or in another country and whether or not this is a holiday where you live, it's worth taking the time to remember what others have done for us.


It's interesting. In the King James Bible, the word "memorial" is used thirty two times in thirty one verses. Only three verses in the New Testament use the word. And there's a difference between the Old and New Testament circumstances. The twenty eight verses in the Old Testament use "memorial" as a means of helping the Jewish nation remember what God has done for them. On the other hand, the three verses in the New Testament all speak of things that related to what people did because of their relationship with Christ.

 In Acts 10, God speaks to Cornelius in a vision and tells him that he needs to send men to bring Peter to him. He was selected because "Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God." The other two verses are the double mention of another incident -- the woman with the alabaster box of ointment that she used to anoint Jesus. In Matthew 26:13, Jesus says, "Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her." In the Old Testament economy the important thing was what happened because of God's relationship with us. The New Testament economy focuses on what happens because of our relationship with Him! In either case they're all things worth remembering and meditating on.

Our prayer list is growing. But Peggy asked me to thank you for your prayers; her condition is improving. So, keep Peggy in prayer. And Curtis, Dana and Joyce. And don't forget Libby. In a sense, prayer is a memorial of those God cares about. What are your memorials?

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