9/12/2019 11:48:57 AM
Yesterday was a day of reflection. 18 years ago to the day (yesterday – September 11th) our world, our country, our lives were changed. Evil seemed to have the upper hand. Planes crashed; lives were lost. Those who orchestrated it were proud. They wanted destruction. They wanted death.
What did you do yesterday? Many people over the last 18 years have stated – We will never forget! That day is one many will remember always. And, it is so important to remember – remember the lives lost, remember the heroes who saved so many others, remember that evil caused this but it is our goal to never let the evil win. We do that by remembering!
It seems morbid. To remember all those deaths, all those lives lost – doesn’t that seem depressing or even defeated? Why is it so important to remember? Perhaps it is because in remembering, not only do we never forget those lives lost, but in remembering we see the real triumph, the real victory, the outcome of such evil – a country rebuilds, a people grow stronger, a world becomes aware.
Yet evil remains; terrorism still exists; and we still try to remember.
Is there anything new under the sun? Evil has existed since shortly after the world was created. It shows itself in many different forms. Sometimes it is outward in such horrible attacks like 9/11. Sometimes the horror is more local. Sometimes the horror is just within us. But, evil is there.
There is no difference. Evil caused death on 9/11; evil causes death every day. Evil causes funerals. Evil causes tragedies. Evil causes sadness. And, evil caused death – one very specific death. Jesus’ death.
Ever wonder why Jesus’ death needed to happen? It was because of evil – all evil, every evil. Christian churches pronounce that death each and every time they gather in God’s house. But why? Doesn’t it seem so morbid? Yes, Jesus died and he had to die because of all the evil. We get that. We believe that. But why keep mentioning it?
We are told why in Luke 22:19: Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” He wanted us to do what we do every single 9/11 – Remember.
Do you remember why I said we remember 9/11? I said this: Perhaps it is because in remembering, not only do we never forget those lives lost, but in remembering we see the real triumph, the real victory, the outcome of such evil – a country rebuilds, a people grow stronger, a world becomes aware.
Is it any different with remembering Jesus’ death and the tragedy at his cross? Why did that death happen? The first and real terrorist hit. He questioned Adam and Eve – Did God REALLY say? (Genesis 3:1, emphasis added). At the time, it seemed innocent. A seemingly friendly and curious conversation. But, that event brought more terror and horror than any other event. It was that event which brought every single death. It was that event that brought all the other evil we see and feel every day. A simple question which changed the world.
And, that single event caused Jesus’ cross. The promise was made. God said he would send his son. He did. Jesus came. The cross was built and upon it, Jesus was nailed. Tragedy. Evil. Death!
What does Jesus ask of us? “Do this in remembrance of me.” Do what? He was talking about the Lord’s Supper. He was talking about his very body and blood, the same body and blood he would give on a cross. To remember each time we gather, each time we take the Lord’s Supper. We are to remember that death which happened. Why are we to remember? It is very similar to what I said earlier: Perhaps it is because in remembering, not only do we never forget that life (Jesus’ life) lost, but in remembering we see the real triumph, the real victory, the outcome of such evil – God’s love prevails, evil will never win, all sins are forgiven!
No towers fell at Jesus’ cross, but the terrorist of all terrorist was destroyed. The devil who only wants to bring terror now has no power. Oh, he continues to try to have power. He will continue to try to cause terror, but he knows the truth – that will all come to an end. And, in the end, to the victor goes all the spoils. Jesus is the victor! He wins!
So, what do we do? We remember, always remember!