Memories fade, details wane, and the past grays as we live in the present and look to the future. What once impacted us now grows dim as new adventures explode on the scene and immediately vie for our attention.
Indeed, it is too easy to forget the past. While some may very well wish to, many others get too preoccupied with what’s ahead and neglect to take that occasional glance in the rear-view mirror. This can be a great mistake.
Though we are never instructed to celebrate the birth of Christ, we are commanded to remember the death of Christ (1 Cor. 11:24-26). Though the nativity changed everything, the resurrection changed everyone. Without His death, His birth would have no eternal significance for us. So we remember His death every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
Today we celebrate Christ as we remember what He has done for us and continues to do in us. Remembering is profitable when it stimulates us toward greater movement in the present. His death opened the door for life and those who remember that significant sacrifice will be more willing to sacrifice themselves for Him (Romans 12:1-2).
So we celebrate today His grace toward us, a grace that encourages us toward further grace-filled living. And that is really how the past benefits us the most!