I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Lord, in His goodness, has once again gathered us together today as His people. And we do not come primarily to learn new things, but to be reminded of those things we already know. This we are to do week after week, year after year, until our Lord comes again.
We come today to remember. We are to remember who we were before God invaded our hearts with conquering grace. We are to remember who God is: the everlasting, almighty, holy, Triune God. We are to remember, as the children of Israel were called to remember, that He is Jehovah, our God, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. We are to remember that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” We are to remember that “in this world [we] will have trouble. But take heart, [Jesus] has overcome the world.” We are to remember that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus”, that “these light and momentary troubles are attaining for us an eternal weight of glory.”
We come today to remember because to forget is to be ungrateful. Forgetfulness of this sort is really just ungratefulness in disguise. Psalm 103:2 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”
Today, let us gather around the Word and around the Table as a dreadfully forgetful people, and do all these things in remembrance of Jesus. And may we keep reminding and being reminded from generation to generation until He comes in a way that we will never forget! AMEN.