Blog: Max Dawson
January 28, 2016
It was thirty years ago today. It was just before 11:00 a.m. in Beaumont. I was doing my final preparation for the radio broadcast, “Searching the Scriptures.” We had been on the air, doing that program for about six years on AM 1510. We had one hour each day, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
I did that radio broadcast from my office at the old Pinecrest meeting house on Lucas Drive.
The phone rang at ten minutes till eleven. It was Marguereate Andrus. She was a member of our congregation and listened to the broadcast every day without fail. Marguereate knew better than to call me just before the broadcast. She knew I would be busy prepping for the program. But she felt I needed to hear what she had to say. Her words were…
“Well, son, the space station just blew up.”
I asked, “What do you mean?” Her words only left me confused.
“You know, the space shuttle, the astronauts. It just exploded.”
That was one of those moments that sticks in my mind. There are certain things that happen that are so dramatic and have such impact that they are forever burned into the memory. Like the assassination of President John Kennedy or the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Those kinds of events forge a mark in your mind. You remember the pictures, the sounds, the words, where you were and what you were doing when they happened.
Those words from my dear, now departed, sister will stay in my mind forever. The next thing for me was: “What do I do now?” I had a radio broadcast to do. Those who had not yet heard of the tragedy would not hear it from me on the radio. Had I announced it, I would have immediately lost my audience to CNN. So I said nothing about it. I was still there to teach the Bible, regardless of any national tragedy.
It was a difficult hour.


Memories. They are strange in so many ways. We can easily recall what happened on a certain day when a major event took place–we bring back to our minds our own lives and where we were and what we were doing at the moment it happened.
Yet there is something we are to call to memory even though we were not alive when that event happened. We can’t think about where we were and what we were doing when it happened. But, we are still called upon to remember.
Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me” ().
He was talking about remembering His death by partaking of the Lord’s Supper. While we were not there at His death, He wants us to remember that it was His body and His blood that were offered up to God for us as a sin sacrifice.
While men may build monuments and statues and place memorial plaques in those revered places where significant events took place, there is no memorial that is the equal to the Lord’s Supper–a remembrance of the death of the Lord Jesus–a death by which He gives us life. I look forward to that memorial this coming Lord’s Day!

Praise, blessing, glory and honor be to Jesus the Christ.

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