“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. …This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”1 Corinthians 11:24-25
There was Jesus on the night of His betrayal, having an intimate gathering with His closest companions on earth. He was preparing their hearts to always remember the cross. Don’t forget—it’s always about the cross.
He would be physically leaving His friends, but He showed them how He’d be continually remembered by His sacrifice of a broken body and the shed blood. For them. For you. For me. Therefore, Jesus tenderly walked them through this Last Supper, teaching them to always remember.
Do we really remember? Have your joyous Easter celebrations from only two weeks ago faded into the past? On a communion Sunday at church, do you casually, mechanically take the bread and cup? Without the death of Jesus, we have no hope of salvation. How can we not remember?
The items Jesus used were ordinary and simple: a cup of wine, a morsel of bread. May we never let that simplicity drive us into complacency. Jesus stepped out of eternity and into our world for one thing: to seek and to save that which was lost, including you and me!
Oh Jesus, forgive my indifference, my nonchalance, my apathy. It cost you death to give me life now and forever.