The Lord has been reminding of the words of a very moving song by Hillsong Worship called, ‘Remembrance’, which is so significant in this week leading up to Easter. Some of the lines that the Holy Spirit has been writing on my heart are: ‘I take the bread of life, broken for all my sin… I will recall the cup, poured out in sacrifice… if ever I should lose my way, if ever I deny Your grace, remind me of the price You paid… I’ll live my life in remembrance… Your promise I won’t forget… Oh to think where I would be if not for you… You’ve been so, so good to me.’ This week (called Holy Week) is a dramatic reminder to us of the high price Jesus paid for our salvation. Sadly, we make His sacrifice for us seem so cheap when we fail to remember and when we fail to live our whole lives in remembrance of Him and what He did for us!
Last year this time, we were in Lockdown, and were not able to enjoy and participate in our usual Holy Week services and activities with the Body of Christ: making of palm crosses on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, enjoying worship in a church decorated with palms on Palm Sunday, sharing in the solemn foot washing ceremony as part of the Maundy Thursday service, reflecting on Jesus last three hours before His death on Calvary in our Good Friday Three hour devotional service, and the renewal of our baptismal vows in our Easter morning service. Many of us experienced the loss of not being able to ‘live our lives in remembrance’ in celebrating and journeying with the Body of Christ through Holy Week.
This week we have the opportunity to walk with Jesus, along with the Body of Christ, in remembrance of all Jesus did for us and won for us, through the torment of Gethsemane, the torture of the trial before Herod and Pilot, the pain of His death on the cross on the Hill of Golgotha, and His glorious resurrection from death. Let’s not miss out on the opportunity to join with the Body of Christ in living out this week in remembrance of Jesus.
Paul reminds us of the significance of this week, and what it cost Jesus: ‘You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies’ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Peter likewise stresses how we should value our salvation, because of what it cost Jesus: ‘you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.’ (1 Peter 1:18-19)
This week, and our participation in our services, is a wonderful way for us to remember again the price Jesus paid for our salvation. It is an opportunity for us to honor Jesus for the greatest gift of all- the gift of our salvation. It is occasion for us to give due value to the price paid for our redemption.
Holy week is the not the end of our ‘living in remembrance’; it must be for us, the reminder and the inspiration every year to get back to living our lives in remembrance of what Jesus did and secured for us in this most precious week. At the start of my blog, I referred to some lines from the song, ‘Remembrance’. One of the lines portrays so powerfully that we do lose our way and become complacent and even make cheap the sacrifice of Christ for our salvation, and that is exactly why we need to be reminded to always remember: ‘If ever I should lose my way, if ever I deny your grace, remind me of the price you paid’.
Jesus pleads with His disciples and indeed with all His followers throughout the history of the church in these well-known words: “Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me’… In the same way after supper, He took the cup saying, ‘this cup is the new covenant in blood, which is poured out for you; (do this in remembrance of me)’” (Luke 22:19-20). In essence He is saying, live your lives in remembrance of me. He is also saying we need reminders like Holy Week and indeed regular sharing in the Lord’s Supper (Communion), to keep reminding us to live in remembrance.
Let’s kick start the journey of living our lives in remembrance of Christ, by engaging in this Holy Week in Christ’s journey to Calvary and onto His glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday
A blessed Holy Week to all,