Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shepastor: "Do This in Remembrance of Me"

And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:15-19

Tomorrow in the Christian Church, many will observe "Maundy Thursday." The term Maundy comes from the Latin term, "Mandatum," which means "mandate" or command. On the night before Jesus would face crucifixion, He gave His disciples a command to love one another, exemplified through foot washing and Holy Communion. Jesus showed humility and love by washing their feet, sharing a cup of wine, symbolic of His blood and breaking bread, symbolic of His broken body - even though He knew that several in his inner circle would betray, deny and desert him.

Despite these things he showed them how to love. As He broke the bread, drank the cup and shared both with his disciples, He said, "do this in remembrance of me." Was Jesus just talking about the act of eating bread and drinking wine or grape juice? Was He simply referring to the act of foot washing? Could it be that He was commanding us to do something much greater, something that required much more introspection, something that required a greater depth of selflessness? What exactly should we do in remembrance of Him?

Could it be that Jesus wanted us to love in remembrance of Him, forgive in remembrance of Him, serve in remembrance of Him, endure the pain of rejection and betrayal, if necessary, in remembrance of Him? What is The Lord asking you to do in remembrance of Him. Consider that the next time you go before His presence at "the table."

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May you experience the power of the Resurrected Lord in your life, not only this Sunday, but all the days to come.

Until next Wednesday,
In faith, hope and perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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