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Remember and Celebrate

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August 18, 2021 8:00 pm

Remember and Celebrate

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August 18, 2021 8:00 pm

On December 6, 1907, explosions rocked a small community in the US state of West Virginia, producing one of the worst disasters in the history of the coal mining industry. Some 360 miners were killed, and it’s been estimated that this horrific tragedy left behind about 250 widows and one thousand children without fathers. Historians maintain that the memorial service became the seedbed from which the celebration of Father’s Day in the US would eventually grow. Out of great loss came remembrance and—eventually—celebration.

The greatest tragedy in human history occurred when human beings crucified their Creator. Yet, that dark moment also produced both remembrance and celebration. The night before He would go to the cross, Jesus took the elements of Israel’s Passover and created His own memorial celebration. Luke’s record describes the scene this way, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me’” (Luke 22:19).

Still today, whenever we approach the Lord’s Table, we honor His great, unflinching love for us—remembering the cost of our rescue and celebrating the gift of life His sacrifice produced. As Charles Wesley said in his great hymn, “Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?”

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Welcome to today's encouragement from the Our Daily Bread devotional and Bill Crowder and I titled today's reading. Remember and celebrate on December 6, 1907 explosions rocked a small community in the US state of West Virginia producing one of the worst disasters in the history of the coal mining industry some 360 miners were killed and it's been estimated that this horrific tragedy left behind about 250 widows and a thousand children without fathers. Historians maintain that the memorial service became the seedbed for which the celebration of Father's Day in the United States would eventually grow out of great loss came remembrance and eventually celebration the greatest tragedy in human history occurred when human beings crucified their creator. Yet that dark moment also produced both remembrance and celebration the night before he would go to the cross, Jesus took the elements of Israel's Passover and created his own memorial celebration. Luke's record describes the scene this way and he took bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me still today whenever we take communion we honor his great unflinching love for us.

Remembering the cost of our rescue and celebrating the gift of life is sacrifice produced as Charles Wesley said in his great hymn amazing love how can it be that thou my God just died for me today is Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Luke chapter 22 verses 14 through 23. When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table and he said to them, I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.

Fry tell you I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God. After taking the cup he gave thanks and said, take this and divide it among you. For I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes and he took bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to them, saying, this is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way after the supper he took the cup, saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you, but the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table, the Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him. They began to question among themselves which of them it might be. Who would do this.

Let's pray father when we come to the memorial table. Help us to remember why our forgiveness was so costly and help us to celebrate your great awesome love in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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