The Greatest Memorial

Since its completion, millions of tourists have visited the Taj Mahal in India. It is a magnificent structure that took over two decades to complete. Built entirely of white marble, it was commissioned by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Similarly, there are millions of people who throng to Jerusalem to look at another site — a tomb that some say may have been where Jesus was buried.

However, Jesus doesn’t need us to build a physical structure in memory of Him, because He instituted the Lord’s Supper (communion) as a fitting memorial for us to remember His sacrifice on the cross (Matthew 26:26-29).

As we partake of these elements [unleavened bread & fruit of the vine] on the first day of every week (Acts 20:7), we are first to examine ourselves and our relationship with God (1 Corinthians 11:28). “As often as [we] eat this bread and drink this cup” we are to do so in remembrance of the One we love, until He comes (1 John 4:19; 1 Corinthians 11:25-26).

Our loving Lord has left us with the greatest memorial, so that we might remember Him and His selfless sacrifice for our sins (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). Let’s be found partaking of this memorial feast in honor of our Lord’s sacrifice every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; cf. Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets


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