By Alex Treser
Sometimes you don’t realize how beautiful something is until it is gone. Last Monday (2 weeks ago) two of the fellows cooked a fantastic meal for Roundtable where, for the first time, we ate outside on a warm Monday evening. We had an amazing pork tenderloin, watermelon, savory mashed potatoes, collard greens, tea, and for dessert a bunt cake with homemade frosting on top. I wanted to take that moment, bottle it up, and keep on living in it. But I am thankful that God has given us memories so that we can look back and enjoy nights like that one in remembrance.
I was in a state of remembrance with regards to my job this past week when thinking about how I enjoyed working for Cru this past year. From working on college campuses, seeing students grow in discipleship meetings, and leading bible studies. I enjoyed those face to face meetings. The freedom of going out and grabbing ice-cream or Taco Bell with students after a Cru meeting is something that cannot be replaced with a video call. Even earlier in the year, it was such a blessing to think of the trips to 7-Eleven the fellows would take, or the hikes I went on with guys from the church youth group. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” When looking back at memories with brothers and sisters in Christ that we can smile, seeing that God was with us in those moments.
And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” I Corinthians 11:24
In Jesus our sins are forgiven, God our judge no longer sees my unrighteousness but rather sees his blameless son who took on sin willingly, even though Christ knew no sin. We are adopted into his family and invited to the wedding feast with God in the new heavens and in the new earth! Glorious news! We will one day be at this great gathering with our Creator, not ashamed. Every tear will be wiped away. We will be worshiping our out great God, not just with our friends and family we know from McLean Presbyterian, but with brothers and sisters from China, Germany, Australia, Brazil, North Dakota, and every nation, tribe, and tongue . What a blessing it is to look forward to this beautiful day while remembering the love Christ has for us.
Those fond memories with friends, family, and fellows remind me of glorious days that I have had and the glorious days to come. Jesus not only died for my sins, he also conquered the grave and came back to life, and is now seated high above with our father. Because of that I can sing Paul Zack’s song, East/West (Psalm 103):, “As high as the heavens are up above so is the greatness of His love, as far as the east is from the west He removes our sins from us” Jesus thank you for memories that remind us of the blessings you have given us and help us to look forward to the blessings that are to come, even when 10,000 years have passed.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103: 11-12
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