๐Ÿ‘‘ Show the Lordโ€™s Death

After our Bible conference last fall in Alcester, England, my son Jesse and I did some sightseeing in London. As we waited for one of Londonโ€™s legendary double decker tour buses to pick us up, I noticed that the Ritz Hotel across the street had some pockmarks on the exterior of their otherwise beautiful building. These marks didnโ€™t look like the kind of deterioration that all buildings suffer from age. They looked more like the kind of damage that is inflicted when something impacts the building. That got me to wondering if those marks might be injuries sustained during the Blitz of London in World War II.

Sure enough, our tour bus driver later pointed out similar pockmarks on St. Paulโ€™s Cathedral, and confirmed that they were indeed the result of shrapnel from the countless bombs that rocked the city during Hitlerโ€™s horrendous eight-month onslaught of Englandโ€™s capital.

Our tour guide said nothing further about the marks, but I began to wonder why those damaged areas were never repaired. Surely a hotel as fine as the Ritz could easily have afforded to erase the scars of the Nazi barrage. And I have to assume that at some point the Church of England could have scraped together the money to restore the flagship church of their religion, and put the memory of that horrific bombing behind them.

The only conclusion to which I could come is that they donโ€™tย wantย to put it behind them. They donโ€™tย wantย to forget the suffering they had to endure as a city. They donโ€™tย wantย to forget the price they had to pay for the freedom from fascism that they continue to enjoy to this day. And itโ€™s not likely that theyย willย forget. Those pockmarks wonโ€™t let them.

That got me to thinking of how weโ€™ll never be able to forget the priceย the Lordย paid to save usย from our sins. The pockmarks in His blessed face wonโ€™t let us. Isaiah describes how His face was brutalized (Isa. 52:14), and He retained those scars after He rose from the dead (cf. John 20:27). We know Heย continuedย to bear themย even after He ascended into heaven, for in a vision of heaven John describes Him as โ€œa Lamb as it had been slainโ€ (Rev. 5:6). So once the Lord raptures us to heaven, His pockmarked face will โ€œshew the Lordโ€™s deathโ€ for all eternity.

But โ€œtill He come,โ€ our apostle Paul says it is important to โ€œshew the Lordโ€™s deathโ€ย in the communion serviceย (1 Cor. 11:23-26). If Godโ€™s people didnโ€™t tend to forget Him, He wouldnโ€™t have had to keep telling His people in Israelย notย to (Deut. 6:12; 8:11,14,19). No wonder the Lord tellsย us to partake of the bread and the cup โ€œin remembrance of Meโ€ (1 Cor. 11:24,25). source

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