An Infamous Anniversary

J. D. Conley
September 11, 2016

Fifteen years ago this morning, our nation was savagely attacked by terrorists. A total of over three thousand lives were lost in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Everyone remembers where they were, and what they were doing at that terrible hour. Since that sad September day the years have glided by swiftly. Freshman who began High School recently, have no recollection of that day since they were not yet bom. All they know is what they've read, seen, and have been told by those who do recall the tragic events.

The seventh of December, is another infamous anniversary. This coming December seventh will mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of our naval forces at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Who can forget President Roosevelt's famous words to Congress the next day as he spoke of the day before as, "a date that will live in infamy." Sadly, many Americans died that day too. Only a few who read these words are old enough to recall that dismal day in our nation's history. Most of us have to rely on history and old newsreels to inform us about that terrible event.

There are several dates in world history that are considered infamous, but the two mentioned above have special significance to those who are citizens of this great country.

But it was on this day two thousand years ago, that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was raised from the dead, (Luke 24:1-3). Far from being infamous, it is a glorious anniversary that we happily remember each first day of the week. It was also on the first day of the week, fifty days later, that the church was established in the city of Jerusalem, (Acts 2). Therefore, the first day of the week is a day, a date, a marking of a wonderful anniversary which Christians world-wide eagerly anticipate observing!

Those who truly love Christ will possess an abiding desire to remember Him in the solemn weekly observance of the Lord's Supper, (Acts 20:7). True followers of Him will lift their voices in song in honor of Him, (Ephesians 5:19). They will earnestly pray in His name to the Father, (John 16:23). Financially they will give liberally and cheerfully to His work, (2Corinthians 9:7). And they will strive to be more like Him through a daily intake of His New Testament, (John 6:63). May every Christian strive to observe every first day of the week. (Hebrews 10:25).