Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 17, 2018
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.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
There is a forgetfulness that daily seeks to dilute faith, with the ultimate outcome of not remembering the greatest gift of Christ’s sacrificial love, the symbol of His complete forgiveness and the anticipation of feasting forever with Him in heaven. Thankfully, memories flourish when fed by celebration and gratitude to God. When we remember we are loved unconditionally, we receive and give our Savior’s love. When we remember we are forgiven, we ask our heavenly Father’s forgiveness, we freely forgive our offenders, and apologize for our offenses. When we remember we have eternal hope to anticipate, we look forward to our heavenly home with Jesus.
Our Lord and Savior left His disciples and all future followers of His a process that creates a peaceful remembrance of the gift of His death for us memorialized by His blood, represented by the cup of His new covenant. God’s passover celebrated for His deliverance through lamb’s blood put over and around doors was replaced by the blood of His son—The Lamb of God—Jesus sprinkled over the hearts of all humans who believe. Paul reminded the early church of Christ’s word of remembrance, as a rite of communion for sin’s forgiveness by His death, power for our present life in Christ and the joy of looking to be with Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
“Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them” (John 6:53-56).
How can we regularly remember what Christ has done for us, is doing for us and will do for us? When we read Scripture we are reminded of God’s great love for us. Similar to engaged couples who reread love letters to each other to affirm their relationship, we repeatedly take in the Word to remember the trustworthiness and love of our Lord Jesus. When we write down words to memorialize our thoughts and feelings from our time with God, we can revisit our journals and see the Lord’s faithfulness in our life journey. When we recall with friends answered prayer or “God stories”, our community celebration causes all of us to remember the generosity of Jesus.
By God’s grace, we create mental margin, as we forget about past moral mistakes, financial disasters or abusive people and move forward by faith in Christ’s abundant love and forgiveness. A mind full of peace and love has no room for guilt, worry and anger. We can remember Jesus and what He wants for us, when we stop obsessing over what we want from Him. Communion with Christ is sweet and special when we regularly and worshipfully take sacred communion with Him and other followers of Jesus. We remember Jesus to grow more like Jesus!
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:16)?
Heavenly Father, I remember Your generous love by giving the gift of Your son for my sins, thank You, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Perhaps you take 3-5 minutes a few times a week and remember with thanksgiving what Jesus has done for you, is doing for you and will do for you.
A mind full of peace and love has no room for guilt, worry and anger. #WisdomHunters #rememberme
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