“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’”Luke 22:19
Last spring, my mom and I traveled to Washington, D.C., and joined thousands of visitors to witness the dazzling cherry trees in bloom there. Just beyond these exquisite blossoms, other pilgrims were visiting the national memorials erected to remember those who had died securing our life and liberty. This juxtaposition of beauty and sacrifice reminded me of why followers of Jesus join together to remember and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
The unsurpassable beauty of Christ is His love and grace, which bloomed most exquisitely when He willingly sacrificed and died that His life might become ours, for eternity. What do you see as you come to the Lord’s Table, especially this Easter season? Do you see mere bread? Or do you gaze in wonder on the “marvelous grace of our loving Lord/grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt” (Julia H. Johnston, 1911)? Do you see ordinary wine, or do you celebrate the cup of the “new covenant in [Christ’s] blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20)?
Gaze. Wonder. Remember. Celebrate!
For your sake, Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).