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Memorial Day and the Lord's Supper

      Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at our church.  My sermon's title was "Do this in remembrance of Me."  I drew a comparison between Memorial Day and the Lord's Supper.
      First, there are three similarities between the two.  In both Memorial Day and the Lord's Supper, it is about those who gave all.  "All give some, some gave all."  Memorial Day is not about the wounded or the veterans.  Memorial Day was started by women decorating the graves of the fallen soldiers after the War (the Civil War) in 1866.  In the same way, the Lord's Supper proclaims Christ's death (I Cor. 11:25). 
    The second similarity is that both the soldiers and Christ died willingly.  Ninety-four percent of the Union soldiers were volunteers.  They willing gave their lives.  Christ willing went to the cross.
    The third similarity is that both the soldiers and Christ died for a purpose.  The soldiers died for their country.  Christ came to redeem His people. 
    However, there are three distinct differences.
     The first is the source.  Memorial Day was started by the women to respect the slain.  The Lord's Supper was started by the Slain, by Christ.  The Lord's Supper was not started by Mary and Martha, or by the 11 apostles. 
     The women decorated the graves out of respect for the slain.  But Christ commanded us to "do this in remembrance of Me."  We must celebrate the Lord's Supper because we were commanded to.  Observance of Memorial Day is optional.
     The second is the sequence.  Memorial Day was started one year after the War in response to the killing.  The Lord's Supper was started by Jesus Christ on the night He was betrayed before He died.
     The third is the symbols.  Memorial Day originally had flowers, and later flags.  Christ gave the tangible symbols of the bread and the cup as symbols of the Lord's Supper.  These physical symbols help our spiritual belief.