In my favorite book of the gospels, Luke, the story of the last supper Jesus had with his disciples is recorded. Luke 22: 14-20. The last supper is a familiar story for most of us; Jesus offering the bread and the wine as a representative of his body that was to be offered for our sins. In my home church, we have the privilege to celebrate communion the first Sunday of every month and on Good Friday. It is always a humble reminder of God’s faithfulness in my life.
Jesus tells his disciples to …”do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 NIV or in The Message to …”Eat it in my memory”. To remember what Jesus did on the cross for me. Each time I have the privilege to take communion, it is to remind me of the gift of God’s Grace. Christ becoming Immanuel ~ God with us (Matthew 1:23) ~ and then becoming my Redeemer (Revelations 5:9) through His death and resurrection.
As I prepare to remember Christ’s death on the cross on Good Friday and then His Resurrection on Sunday – I want and need to be reminded once again of what God has done for me. It is impossible to remember all of His gifts, but I want and need to remember how faithful He has been to His promises of undeserved grace, endless love, knowledge of all that I am going through, collection of my tears, and the eternal life with Him. I want to remember that Jesus experienced separation from His Father and His Kingdom, as well as intense suffering through the crucifixion. I want to remember the joy of the women who found the empty tomb and the amazement of the disciples who saw and touched him. I want to remember who God is and what He has done in my life ~ the good and the hard times. I want eat the bread and drink the wine in remembrance of my Savior. I need to remember and I want to remember…
I am called to remember the mighty works of our Lord. Easter is a wonderful time to do just that.
“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles and the judgements He pronounced.” Psalm 105:4-5
“He has caused His wonders to be remembered.” Psalm 111:4
“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night 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, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23 – 25
Easter is coming – that wonderful gift of unmerited grace that we did nothing to deserve. Grace alone is enough.