Anniversaries

We all have them; birthdays, weddings, death.

The world has anniversaries; wars etc, the births and deaths of its heroes and now one year on Coronavirus.

The Church also has its anniversaries; Christmas, Easter etc.

Each week we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus as we take Communion and one Sunday recently Ruth shared her thoughts about communion and what it means to us as Christians.

This morning as I was thinking about Communion, my mind went back to an old hymn and I’m sure you know it – There Is A Green Hill Far Away.

There is a green hill far away
Without a city wall
Where the dear Lord was crucified 
Who died to save us all.
We may not know, we cannot tell
What pains He had to bear
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there.
He died that we might be forgiven.
He died to make us good
That we at last might go to heaven
Saved by His precious blood.
There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin.
He only could unlock the gate
Of Heaven and let us in.
Oh dearly, dearly, has He loved
And we must love Him too 
And trust in His redeeming blood
And try His works to do.

An old hymn, but yet it takes us to the cross and reminds us of everything that Jesus went through.  He died a terrible death for us.  We don’t like to dwell on the terrible time that He must have had – all the pain and suffering He went through, but we must remember that He did do all that because He loved us so much.  

Before He went to the cross, He told us what we must do to remember Him and this was during what is known as the Last Supper.  He went to an upper room in Jerusalem with His disciples; one of whom was to betray Him – Judas Iscariot. Yet He sat down with them all and in Matthew 26 verse 26 we read:

While they were eating, Jesus took bread and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.”  Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying “Drink from it, all of you.  This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

How do you celebrate anniversaries?

Some probably with great joy and happiness, some with sadness and others with a not relevant attitude.

What do you think of Communion?

Is it something you celebrate, or something that doesn’t often cross your path?

As Christians we remember that Jesus took a heavy burden to Calvary. He carried your sin and mine. In fact He took the sin of the world. Of course He would have preferred not to. In Matthew’s Gospel chapter 26 we read:

“He went away a second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

Jesus was always willing to do His Father’s will and He took the painful decision to walk the road to Calvary.

It was for you – ii was for me.

Will you give thanks for Jesus this Easter?