Do This In Remembrance of Him

READ:  Luke 22:7-8,   14-20  Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed.  Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, "Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together."   

When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.  Jesus said, "I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.  For I tell you now that I won't eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God."  Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said "Take this and share it among yourselves.  For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come."   

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He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it.  Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me."   

After supper he took another cup of wine and said, "This cup is the new covenant between God and his people -- an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you." 

As Christians we are told to partake of communion as a remembrance of what Jesus did for us on the cross.   It is a representation of how much God loves - so much so that he sent his son to die for the sins of the world so we could be forgiven and live forever with him.  

The Lords supper although designed as a memorial is far from a sad occasion.  We partake filled with awe at the love that God has for us.   Death only held Jesus for three days and we know that he is alive and well sitting at the right hand of God the Father in heaven.   

Sin no longer has a grip on us and we are no longer slaves of it.   We can come to the table of the Lord with joy in our hearts knowing that the highest price possible was paid for our sins.   We are truly forgiven!!!  

Jesus in John, chapter 6 proclaims himself to be the "bread of life".   "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day", John 6:54.  We live in Christ Jesus and he lives in us.   

Communion reminds us of the body that was broken for us.   Isaiah 53:5, "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."     When Jesus went to the cross for us, his blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins, but equally so his body was broken for our healing.  Every sickness that the world would ever know was placed upon Jesus and he bore them all so that we would not have to.      

Communion also reminds us of Jesus' promise to return.  He said he would not drink the wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.     We remember the promise that he made to return for his followers and we anticipate the day with great joy! 

Today - get alone with God and partake of communion in your own home private between you and Jesus.   Thank him for all that he has done for you and receive the gift that is offered.  Thank you Jesus!!!!