REMEMBER

I was in my office; we had been at work for about an hour.  The radio was on a local channel when the announcer interrupted the music.  A news flash stated that a commercial plane had flown into the north tower of the twin towers in New York.  A mere seventeen minutes later, while the newsman was speculating on the “accident,” a second plane crashed into the south tower at 9:03am.  We would soon realize that the crashes were not “accidents,” but maliciously planned attacks upon the United States of America.

At 9:37am a third plane was flown into the Pentagon and at 10:03am Flight 93was crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  A total of 2,977 people were murdered that day at the hands of 19 terrorists.

All who were alive and old enough to remember September 11, 2001, remember.  You remember where you were, what you were doing and the feelings that flooded over you.  You remember the thoughts of fear, anger, dismay, disbelief, sickness and helplessness.  You remember desiring to help, comfort and console.  You remember wanting to be with your loved ones, to hold them close and to protect them.  You remember…

As deeply as the memories of September 11, 2001 are engraved into our beings they should be just a faint whisper in comparison to the memories that we are to have each first day of the week.

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come” (I Corinthians 11:24-26).

Jesus Christ died so that you and I may live forever.  When Jesus left Heaven He knew that He was coming to the world to die.  Jesus knew that He was going to die because of your sins and mine.  Jesus knew that for the most part His deeds and words would fall upon deaf ears, hard hearts and blind eyes.  Jesus knew that the sacrifice of His life would be rejected and ridiculed by the masses.  Jesus knew that His death would be forgotten by most including many who claim His deliverance.

As Americans we take any action or statement that minimizes September 11 as an ill reprehensible deed.  As Christians we should look upon any act that minimizes the death of Jesus as unfathomable.

We are given the great privilege, every first day of the week, to come together to remember the greatest sacrifice that will ever be offered.  Let us show our love; let us show our respect; let us show our reverence; let us show our honor; let us show our remembrance every first day of the week.

                                                                                                  Tim

 

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