The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
There is a forgetfulness that daily seems to dilute our faith. Eventually, we can fail to remember the greatest gift of Christ’s sacrificial love, the symbol of his complete forgiveness and the anticipation of feasting forever with him in heaven.
Thankfully, God gives us celebrations to rekindle our memories. When we remember we are loved unconditionally, we receive and give our Savior’s love. When we remember we are forgiven, we ask our heavenly Father’s forgiveness, we freely forgive our offenders and apologize for our offenses. When we remember we have eternal hope to anticipate, we look forward to our heavenly home with Jesus. When we observe Good Friday, we remember the enormous sacrifice that was made to save us.
Our Lord and Savior left to his disciples and all his future followers a process that creates a peaceful remembrance of the gift of his death for us memorialized by his blood, represented by the cup of his new covenant. God’s Passover celebrated deliverance through lamb’s blood put over our doors, and the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples left us a way to to remember The Lamb of God, Jesus, whose blood is sprinkled over the hearts of all humans who believe. “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Paul reminded the early church of Christ’s word of remembrance, as a rite of communion for sin’s forgiveness by his death, power for our present life in Christ, and the joy of looking to be with Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
“Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.” – John 6:53-56
How can we regularly remember what Christ has done for us, is doing for us, and will do for us? When we read Scripture about the events we celebrate this weekend (Matthew 26-28, Luke 22-24, Mark 14-15, John13-20), we are reminded of God’s great love for us. Similar to engaged couples who reread love letters to each other to affirm their relationship, we repeatedly take in these words to remember the trustworthiness and love of our Lord Jesus.
When we write down words to memorialize our thoughts and feelings from our time with God, we can revisit our journals and see the Lord’s faithfulness in our life journey. When we recall with friends answered prayer or “God stories,” our community celebration causes all of us to remember the generosity of Jesus.
By God’s grace, we create mental margin, as we forget about past moral mistakes, financial disasters, or abusive people and move forward by faith in Christ’s abundant love and forgiveness. A mind full of peace and love has no room for guilt, worry and anger. We can remember Jesus and what he wants for us, when we stop obsessing over what we want from Him. Communion with Christ is sweet and special when we regularly and worshipfully take sacred communion with Him and other followers of Jesus. We remember Jesus to grow more like Jesus!
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?” – 1 Corinthians 10:16
Heavenly Father, I remember Your generous love by giving the gift of Your son for my sins, thank You, in Jesus’ name, amen.