As presented by the late Kenneth Davis in May, 2001:
As perhaps many of you have done, I have visited cemeteries, browsing among the stone memorials erected in memory of those buried there. But as I read the names and verses inscribed on the markers, I am aware of my lack of emotion, because this is a “strangers” cemetery — yet those people were important to someone.
When I visit another cemetery, I have very deep and strong feelings. This is where my mother, father, brother, grandmother and grandfather are buried. As I look at their stone memorials, I have an entirely different feeling of emotions. I remember walking and talking with them, sharing my burdens with them, being disciplined by them and realizing how much they sacrificed for me. All this creates a desire to see them again.
We are about to participate in a different memorial this morning. I am thankful that we do not have a granite memorial or a grave site to visit to remember our leader. Rather we have a LIVING Memorial to remember, a LIVING Savior—a memorial that symbolically feeds our bodies as well as our spirits.
While so different in this respect from the other memorials I have mentioned, there is a similarity. This memorial will mean something to you in direct proportion to how well you know the person being honored; the man called Jesus. Today as you partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine, will you be remembering (1) the time that you have spent with him, (2) walks that you have taken with him, or (3) burdens he has carried for you? Does he represent discipline in your life? Are you aware of the sacrifice he made for you that you might have a better life now and forever? Do you long to see him again?
Or — this morning could we be guilty of walking in a “strangers” cemetery? Let’s hope not.