This weekend in America we celebrate Memorial Day with Parades and Special Services -- remembering and honoring those who served in our Armed Forces through the years to keep our Country Free and make our Nation outstanding in the world as a bastion of Liberty.



This weekend in America we celebrate Memorial Day with Parades and Special Services -- remembering and honoring those who served in our Armed Forces through the years to keep our Country Free and make our Nation outstanding in the world as a bastion of Liberty.
Remembering the past is a good thing. Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our Freedom -- those who suffered on the many battle fields in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, and presently in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Unfortunately today our Public Holidays are getting crowded out with commercialism, travel, and many other things that don’t relate to the basic meaning of the Remembrance intended.
In the Old Testament the Hebrew Nation is told to remember special events like the Passover Memorial. It is good to remember and give thanks for all that God has done in the past so we who are alive can appreciate what we have today.
In the New Testament the main remembrance is centered on the Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In fact it is made very clear by the Apostle Paul in the Book of First Corinthians, chapter 11 in the instructions given pertaining to the Communion Service.
We are told, in Jesus’ own words, that in the partaking of the bread and the cup, representing His body and blood, to do so “in remembrance of Me” (vs.24,25).
Each Denomination and Church have their own way of celebrating this Remembrance Service which must follow the simple teachings of the Bible as recorded in this portion. There are no set rules in the Scripture except, “For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (vs. 26) -- indicating that the Remembrance is more important than the elements or the frequency.
It must be noted here that there is a strong admonition attached to participating in this sharing of the bread and cup. From verse 27 to the end of the chapter we are told that self-examination of the participant is very important -- take time to read it all. We must look into our own hearts, minds and lives to make sure we are clean and worthy to receive the elements, because there are severe consequences if this is not closely adhered to -- even to the point of damnation of the soul.
Too often the Communion Service is only a ritual to be participated by all attending -- without the very important self-examination and confession.
We are told in 1 John 1:9 -- “If we Confess our sins, He is Faithful and Just to Forgive us our sins and to Cleanse us from ALL Unrighteousness.”
So very clear and plain, so simple -- examine, confess, receive forgiveness, be made worthy -- then participate.
This Memorial Service in remembering the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is one of the most beautiful Services in the Christian Faith -- just as the Celebration of the Passover is for the Jewish Faith -- and the Celebration of Memorial Day for all Americans. We remember the Sacrifice of God in sending His Son to die for us -- and also the Loyalty, Duty, and Faithfulness of our Service Men and Women who have paid for the Freedom that we hold so dear.
Let us never forget -- nor take for granted -- the Sacrifices they made.
For more information or counseling contact Pastor Bruce R. Burke, Open Bible Ministries, 263 Edgefield Road,  Lake Ariel, PA 18436; Phone (570)698-7890; cell (570)470-3760 or e-mail openbiblemin@verizon.net.