“I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that 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
“As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'” Matthew 26:26-28
The institution and sharing of the Lord’s supper, not fully understood at its inception, takes on fuller meaning the other side of the cross. The Savior who offered His broken body for our sake was alive, resurrected, and triumphantly seated at God’s right hand. The manifold remembrances serve to build up both believer and the church.
‘Remember that I was born of a virgin, fulfilling prophecy and in humble estate. Remember that I was heralded from birth by heavenly beings, announced as Savior, and worshiped. Remember that I was raised as a man, experiencing every temptation as you, yet resisted.’ Are we regularly worshiping, and resisting temptation by His way of escape? (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 4:1-10; Luke 2:4-20,25-32; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 12:4)
‘Remember that I met with you, walking, teaching, and healing among you to point to my grace and power that you might believe and have life. That you might follow in my steps and serve one another, and love them as I loved you.’ With whom are we sharing His love and life-giving gospel? (Mark 10:45; John 13:34; 20:30-31)
‘Remember that the culmination of my earthly ministry was Calvary. That I took upon myself the sin of the world and its penalty, so you could be declared righteous. That I was forsaken so you could be forgiven, condemned to set you free. I gave up my life so you could enjoy life forever.’ Are we free indeed? (John 3:16; 8:36; Romans 6:6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
‘Remember that I live today as risen Lamb, King of kings, ever your Light, Advocate, and Intercessor. My Spirit lives in you to counsel, comfort, teach, and sanctify. I will never leave or forsake you.’ He is trustworthy! (Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Luke 22:31-32; John 14:16-17,26; 16:7-11,13; Romans 8:31-34; 1 Timothy 6:14-16; Revelation 19:16; 21:22-23)
At the Lord’s supper and always, do we solemnly remember Him? The sacred head wounded, the sorrow and love flowing mingled down? His triumphant resurrection offers victory today over idleness, idolatry, worry, and every sin habit. If we determined to remember, then applied those realities in our day to day, how would we love, serve, speak, and work differently?
Lord, may my every breath be inhaled and exhaled in remembrance of You, with gratefulness and grace, and my life cause others to remember You too.