Monday, May 30, 2016

Remembering What Truly is Important

The Memorial weekend has come and gone. Around here in a small town in Pennsylvania, there are tons and tons of American flags, reminding us of those who died for our country. I was told by my husband that the practice of putting flags on the grave of those who died for our country started here in Pa by a bunch of older ladies. Wherever I saw the flags, grave or in someone's front yard, it reminded me of this holiday that our country celebrates.

But my pastor this past Sunday reminded us as Christians that we too have something to remember, Christ dying for us and our sins. We read the four Gospel accounts of that night when Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples before He was going to be betrayed and put on trial and ultimately dying on the cross.

Year after year the Jews celebrated the Passover in remembrance of the night that Israel was save from the angel of death. But every time I really think about the Passover and how it really represents the bigger plan that God had, it humbles me that He had it all covered. When the Jews killed a spotless lamb in order for its blood to be put on their doorposts to save them, it represented why Christ ultimately came, to because our perfect and spotless lamb who would shed His blood to save us from our sins. That is why He told them the disciples what when He broke the bread and drank the wine.  

"When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.[a] 15 Jesus said, 'I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.
For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.'... He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, 'This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.'
20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, 'This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.' "
Luke 22:14-16,19-20
As simple holiday, Memorial day, with all its flags, really challenged me to hold onto what truly is more important to remember, Christ dying on the cross and what that really means to me everyday in my life. It should be celebrated and remembered everyday because without Christ dying and shedding His blood for me, my life would be nothing.
Here is a song that my pastor also played after the sermon and before we took communion. I have took a real liking to this song.



  1. While I honor and applaud those who protect and serve, I always feel a little sad about man's inhumanity to man that necessitates protection and service. I'm so glad that we have a Savior with a plan!

  2. Amen! Yes. Our pastor spoke on something similar :)

  3. Hi Kristina,
    I'm originally from western Pennsylvania and it does seem like those close-knit communities take genuine pride in displaying their patriotism! Tradition reminds us of what's really important, doesn't it? And when we can remember Christ's ultimate sacrifice that makes it even more meaningful!

    1. Yes very true about Pa. My husband is from here and I never been to state that holds onto traditions in so many ways. God most definitely brought what Christ did for me so much this time around. He is so faithful; : ) thanks for visiting

  4. Thank you for reminding us of this great truth, "... without Christ dying and shedding His blood for me, my life would be nothing." What great love He had for us to be willing to offer Himself as a sacrifice. Blessings to you! I'm your neighbor at #ThankfulThursday.

  5. Truly the most important thing. Our church sometimes does a Passover meal and it is amazing how much symbolism and rich meaning there is to it, pointing to Christ with each element. If you ever get the chance, it is very moving and makes it come alive in a new way. Thanks for becoming a regular contributor to Thankful Thursday.

    1. Yeah that would be interesting to do something like that. My husband has always wanted to celebrate Christmas or Passover with people with Jewish descent. They have an important part of our Christian faith. Thanks for stopping by Jo!


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