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A common question asked about overwhelming historical events: Where were you when … Where were you when 9/11 happened?  We remember 9/11 and where we were, not because we were in the Twin Towers or downtown Manhattan, but we remember where we were even thousands of miles away because the event was earth shattering.  Maybe the more pertinent question is:  Where were you when Jesus died and rose? We remember Jesus Christ, crucified and risen from the dead, not because we were there, but He is here where we are, His baptized people. His death and resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father giving the life-giving Holy Spirit is world shattering.  He sits at the right hand of the Father to be present bodily with His people. This is the joy of faith in a joyless world. If a person was not alive when Kennedy was killed, nor September 11, 2001, then there can be no remembrance of where you were.

There is always remembrance of Jesus Christ because Christ is risen, He is risen indeed alleluia!  “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” Answer: no. According to His Word, recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and 1 Corinthians, He is present to give us the full fruits of His Cross, His true body and blood, which for our sin He atoned before the throne of God, according to the plain and natural meaning of the words of Scripture. You can not give the “remission of sins” if the One who remits our sin is not present. We remember Him as He has remembered us in the gift of Himself when the Holy Communion is given for our forgiveness and sanctification: fed the bread of life for faith. “It is this Real Presence of the crucified and risen Lord, who gives us His true body and blood to eat and to drink, that lends to the REMEMBRANCE of His death a reality …such as we do not find otherwise in the recollection of a historic event.” (Hermann Sasse) 

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