Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.’ In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.’ (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
Without Christ’s coming and his establishment of the new covenant, all of humanity would have been hopelessly lost. In the moment of this divine ordinance, Holy Communion, our remembrance overflows with sincere humble thoughts of gratitude for his provisional grace gift, the result of his immeasurable love and mercy.
We remember the empty, shallow, fruitless vanity of our once self-focused lives. We remember the helplessness to change or redeem ourselves from the result of our sin. We remember his redemptive sacrificial act which transitioned a familiar story of antiquity into a personal experiential encounter. The pinnacle of relationships is entered, and doorway to an indescribable destiny. We remember when our prison doors were destroyed to escape into the genuine freedom for heart and soul.
Yes, we remember when compassion and perfect affection led us to repentance, the escape from darkness through the threshold of grace into light and life by the power of the Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Savior of the world, the only way to salvation.
With a heart full of love and gratefulness Lord, I remember. For without you I would be absent of hope and life. You I worship, you I honor and adore, and before you I bow. Amen.
“May your kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven.”