Where were you on September 11, 2001? When you heard the news that America had been attacked?

Ten years ago we were living in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. I had just started my first semester of seminary. I began hearing reports about the planes on the radio as I drove to my 8am class. By the time that first class of the day was over we had more information. With classes canceled for the rest of the day, I stood with many of the professors and other students around a television. It felt like everything had changed. And in a way, everything had.

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is two days away. For the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen remembrances everywhere. Memorials. Prayer services. Television documentaries. Special news reports. Last week my family and I watched an interview with former presidentGeorge W. Bush. He talked about his thoughts, his feelings, his actions on that day.

Where were you? What were you doing? We should remember. We must remember the lives cut short. The heroes made. The bonds created. The cost of freedom.

There’s another day we must remember. The day a life was freely given to purchase our eternal freedom. We were slaves, in bondage to sin and separated from our Creator. But Jesus came. He willingly died on the cross so we might live.

Jesus told us to remember. He even established a memorial meal so we would not forget. The elements of the meal remind us of His blood that was shed and His body that was broken for us. (See 1 Corinthians 11:24-26; Luke 22:14-20.) When we remember, when we tell others about Jesus’ sacrifice, we testify to His great saving act. Let’s continue to proclaim Him until He returns (1 Cor 11:26).

We should never forget 9/11. But we must always remember Good Friday. Contemplate His sacrifice. Proclaim His death until He comes again.

Where were you on 9-11-01? Where were you when you realized that Jesus died for you?

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