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As kids I think we can all remember times when our parents would say, “Do this.”  Sometimes we would simply respond with a straightforward ‘OK’ followed by action.  Sometimes we might have questioned our parents as to why in the world they would ask us to do whatever it was that needed doing.  And, still, at other times, we would adamantly say “no.”  We just didn’t want to do it.  However, for the most part, when someone in authority over us asks us to specifically do something, they have our attention.

Jesus asks two of His closest disciples to go ahead of Him and the rest into the city to begin preparations for the Passover meal and celebration.  He says that as they enter the city, they’ll see a guy with a water jar.  They were to follow “water jar guy” into a house and then say, “Master wants to eat with His disciples.”  It’s seems like a weird FBI Intelligence set up…but knowing Jesus…His plan was set and the players were in place.  John and Peter carefully followed the instructions and were soon beginning preparations for the celebration.

The time came for the meal, the meal commanded by God beginning after the last plaque in Egypt many years ago.  The disciples gathered around the table and Jesus jumps right in telling the disciples how much he has waited to eat this specific meal at this specific time.  They’ve all eaten this meal once each year their whole lives.  Why is this one any different?  Yes, it’s important, but Jesus must have seemed a bit more anxious, impatient, and possibly fidgety this time.

He took a cup and gave thanks and passed it around saying to share it with each other saying that this was the last time He would drink it like this with them until the New Kingdom came.  Then He took the bread and passed it around and said it was His body.  At this point the disciples are seeing that there is something different here.  Before this was about remembering the lamb that was sacrificed to cover or protect the Israelites from the death angel.  Now the meal is taking on a different shape.  Jesus is bringing the focus to Himself.  The cup again is lifted and Jesus now says that it is His blood…of the new covenant.  Those were words that I’m sure caught the disciple’s ears.  New Covenant.  Is Jesus changing this meal?

Six words that were spoken in the middle of these two illustrations of body and blood said it all.  All their lives, as well as any other Israeli who observed the Passover, knew that this meal was to remember the time when God gave the Hebrews their freedom from Pharaoh.  But now Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” He said that this is a “new covenant.”  Things were shifting.  And what was this “new Kingdom” he was talking about?  Little did they know that within hours they would see the God Man taking the place of the sacrificial lamb.

With Jesus’ few words around this table, this meal of remembrance became more than a tribute to God’s actions in Egypt.  It was now about freedom from eternal separation and death.  This is worth noting.

After Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension to Heaven, we see the birthed church regularly participating in this meal…they didn’t want to wait for a once per year event.  This was too big.  This wasn’t about checking off a “holiday” that may have become ritualistic in many a person’s heart.  This was about remembering the biggest event in the history of the world…and taking in the meaning on a very personal basis.

How do you participate in this meal of the bread and cup?  Do you miss it when you’re away from it?  Is it a sacred part of your week or month?  I know that many church families share in communion in different ways and with different frequency…but the point is to always remember Him.  Moses warned in Deuteronomy 8:11, “Be careful that you do not forget the lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.”  Jesus doesn’t want us to forget Him.  Forgetting Him would mean that we move farther away from Him…farther away from His love and His forgiveness…which is our way to the Father.

Questions for Growth:

  • Why do you think Jesus chose this (communion) as a means to remembering Him?
  • Do you always approach the Lord’s Supper as though it is sacred?
  • Do you remember Jesus every minute of every day leading up your church’s communion time?
  • Do you think that Jesus realized that we are a forgetful people…and that we need reminders? Why do you think God uses sacred memory moments like this?
  • What do you need to do this time around so that communion can be even more special between you and your savior?

Love, Serve, Spread the Word,

ed

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  1. Terri Groseclose
    March 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Ed, You are so inspiring to me. You have a way of making me examine things and challenge me to look at things with a different perspective. You are such a blessing.

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