The Lord’s Supper: Do This In Remembrance of Jesus
We are human and tend to forget things. I will illustrate this by challenging you to tell me your great grandparents name, what they did for a living, and where all of them are buried. Perhaps some can, but most cannot, and they are our family. God in all of his wisdom knew men forget. When he sent his son to die the terrible death on the cross for us, he wanted to make sure we would never forget this great sacrifice. Christ shed his blood on the cross so we can have forgiveness of our sins. In 1 Peter 1:18-19 we read, “For as much as ye know that they were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, But with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper
In Matthew 26: 26-29 Christ instituted the Lords supper while he was with his disciples. “And as they were eating Jesus took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to them saying ‘take eat this is my body.’ Then he took the cup, and gave thanks and gave it to them saying, ‘Drink from it all of you. For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.’”
Christ wanted us to remember his suffering
We know Christ desired to be remembered, for Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:23-25, “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread. And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘take eat; this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me’ In the same manner he also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do, as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.’”
How often to partake of this Memorial Feast
We must be regular in our observance of his supper. There are religious groups that observe the Lord’s Supper once a year, and others quarterly. Some people say the Lord’s Supper becomes too common and means little to us if we observe it every Sunday. I completely disagree with them. I believe this memorial feast does not become tiresome or lose its importance if it means anything to us. Things that we treasure and love become more precious with us and more enduring with the passing of time. We find written in Acts 20:7 the early disciples came together on the first day of the week to break bread. It is very important to partake of this memorial on the first day of each and every week.
The Lords Supper must be observed Reverently
When we attend a memorial service of a family member or friend, we would never think about whispering, talking, and laughing with others. We should not dishonor our Savior by doing these things as we partake of the Lord’s Supper. We read in 1 Corinthians 11:28-29, “But let a man examine himself and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself not discerning the Lords body.”
We must focus on Redemption
What a joy and comfort to a sinner who is outside of the body of Christ to realize that it makes no difference how many sins they have committed, or how bad a life style they have lived, the blood of Christ can wash away their sins. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be crimson they shall be as wool.”
Observed with Gratitude to Christ
How do we thank someone who was scorned, beaten, humiliated, and nailed to a cross to die so we can have our sins forgiven? We can live our life in service to Christ; we should become a living sacrifice in our worship to him. Every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we remember all the suffering he did for us. Jesus said Do this in remembrance of Me.