When the ancient Israelites had been delivered from Egypt through the mighty acts of God and stood on the banks of the Jordan River ready to enter the Promised Land, the LORD gave them a command: “And on the day you cross over the Jordan to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall set up large stones and plaster them with plaster.”
The major theme of the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy is remembrance. God’s covenant people were continually exhorted to remember God and his law. One of the ways of never forgetting what God had done for them was to erect a pile of large stones and coat them with plaster. This imposing rock structure would stand for generations to come as a continual reminder that God had delivered his people from bondage and brought them into a land in which they could thrive in serving and enjoying the LORD.
As Christians, we can and should have tangible reminders of significant spiritual events from our lives. Whenever we have a profound or impactful experience of God, it is a good thing to never forget that experience – especially in future times of discouragement or despair. Whether at home or work, we need to place reminders of God’s grace around us in order to remain encouraged and faithful.
The Lord’s Supper is one of those tangible reminders of God’s grace to us in Christ. As the community of redeemed people eat the bread and drink the cup, they are reminded of Christ’s once for all sacrifice for sin on their behalf. His broken body and shed blood are remembered in a corporate ritual that is purposefully designed to help us never forget the mighty act of God in bringing deliverance from sin and a new life.
O LORD, help us as your people to remember and not forget the things you have done in our lives. Especially, enable us to constantly be reminded of your grace to us through the sending of your Son, the Lord Jesus, so that we might live. May the reminders around us keep us faithful and mindful of Jesus. Amen.