November is a month of remembering. All Saints Day (the 1st) is a time to thank God for those who have inspired us and walked the path of faith ahead of us. If we are believers we should have heroes of faith who we remember and thank God for; our Sunday School teachers, a past minister, a friend who told us of faith in Christ, or a great preacher who inspired us.
We remember the 5th – gunpowder treason and plot – by lighting fireworks and burning the Guy (originally the Pope). Yet we forget this was an act of God’s providence and preservation saving the lives of the members of the Protestant parliament from destruction.
We remember the fallen of the wars of the 20th century. I suspect there was no family that was untouched by sadness by either the first or second world war. It is right to remember those who gave all they had and to set their sacrifice against the words of Jesus in John 15:13 “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This year “remembering” is close to our hearts as our newest grandson Percy is named after Percival Drury, my grandmother’s brother, who died on the Somme 30th July 1916 in the great war. A great evil was vanquished but the cost was enormous.
There is one more act of remembrance that every Christian is called to take part in. Jesus. “He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remem-brance of Me”. Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22v19-20. When we take the bread and wine at communion and remember that the death of Jesus was for our sins, we are accepting anew His forgiveness and pledging ourselves to follow Him. When we forget to take communion we are forgetting the great price that was paid for our freedom, the very blood of God the Son.
In fact “without the shedding of blood there is no forgive-ness.” Hebrews 9v22. Communion does not buy our for-
giveness but it reminds us of the one who did. As we
“remember” this month, let us remember to draw near to
Christ, the one who guided our forefathers and will still
guide those who seek His face today.
Rev. Kevin Jones