Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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Christ's Memorial

            There have been great accomplishments that have been made throughout time which has made an impact upon the lives of others so great that we as a society want to commemorate these occurrences and the people connected with them.


            They have been so profound upon society in changing the course of how society lives that society wants to mark remembrance of these accomplishments and deeds done by mankind as a tribute to the lives of those men and women in what they have accomplished.


            Since these accomplishments are so profound, society has set aside specific days to honor, celebrate and remember as a memorial the person who achieved these deeds so that future generations can reflect upon these accomplishments.


            Examples are 1) Columbus Day; 2) Washington’s Birthday; 3) Lincoln’s Birthday; 4) Memorial Day and 5) Veteran’s Day to just name a few that we commemorate in observance as a nation.


            The reason this is done is because mankind is a temporary being and we want these accomplishments to not be forgotten.


            We are here in this life for a short time and then we are gone. Our life is vanity just as the wind- here and then gone in a moment of time.


            James 4:14 “For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.”

Ecclesiastes 2:16 “For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool forever, seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise? As the fool.”


            Not to let these accomplishments be forgotten society, then wishing to commemorate these accomplishments by men, has made a marking and celebrating of their birthdays as when they entered life. And in memory of their life we consider this deed that they did before their death and how it had changed our society. We conclude that if they had not been born then this great accomplishment might not have come about.


            Let us consider just how we define a “birthday” as throughout all generations. A birthday is recognized as the day of beginning for a person. It is the beginning of their existence coming into this world.


            When we consider Jesus and the impact that he had on mankind, we can find none no greater. He came into this world born of a virgin which is a miracle within itself.


            To celebrate His birthday as we do other mortal men would be taking away and stripping Jesus of all deity. We would be declaring that He was born and died as any other mortal man who had a great accomplishment.


            Consider that if we were to celebrate His birth, we would be showing His beginning of life, the beginning of His existence and thereby stripping Him of His eternal nature of being part of the Godhead- without beginning and without end. We would be celebrating and making a memorial of His beginning on a specific day in our time frame- December 25th as observed today. In observing this day we are showing that His existence in life began on this day.


            Jesus made the statement in John 8:58 “Verily, verily I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am.”

The memorial that Jesus set up is the observance of the Lord’s Supper. The partaking of the Lord’s Supper is for the purpose of remembrance of Him as He commanded. 1 Corinthians 11:224,25


            The observance of this memorial shows His death until He comes again. The resurrection of Jesus being raised and seated at the right hand of God the Father and the Father giving Him the glory that He had before with the Father, declares that He was not just a mortal man.


            To be born and die to live evermore is far greater to be celebrated than to be born and die. 


            1 Corinthians 15:20-23 “But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by men came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order; Christ the firstfruits, afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming.”


- Larry Bumgardner