Today’s devotion is brought to you by Trudi Clements
One of my nicknames over the past few years has been ‘Dorey’, taken from the forgetful fish in the animated film ‘Finding Nemo’, due to my memory…or lack of!
In our passage today, Jesus is eating with His disciples during the passover celebrations. In Luke’s account of this same event, Jesus states “Do this in remembrance of me” as He breaks the bread and shares it out (Luke 22:19). It is something we should remember, even with a memory like Dorey!
On Plymouth Hoe, there are war memorials with so many names of men who gave their lives for us; this memorial reminds us of the sacrifice they made for us. The Lord’s supper is also a memorial, something to be remembered, a reminder of what Jesus has done for us.
What do you do to remember? How do you remember loved ones who have died?
In the Philippines, they have yearly family get-togethers at the grave where they meet, fellowship and eat together, remembering and sharing stories of their loved ones. There are those in Africa who also have a regular ceremony and gather together to remember. This is a memorial for them.
Communion is a memorial. In 1 Corinthians 11:24, Paul quotes Jesus’ words to ‘do this in remembrance of Me’ and remember Jesus’ gift as the Passover lamb, how He laid down His life in order to set us free and give us life. Remember the betrayal, arrest, trial, crown of thorns, whipping, mockery, carrying the cross, the nails, the blood, torn flesh, agony, the cry “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” His final breath, His rest in the grave and His amazing resurrection. Remember – do this in remembrance of Me.
Let our hearts be stirred, a tender and touching experience whilst taking communion, not a mere formality.
Whilst taking communion we remember what Jesus did for us, but we also look forward to the future with anticipation. Jesus says ‘I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God’ (Matt 26:29). He’s looking forward to the completion of His work. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11 v 26, ‘For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup , you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes’. ‘You proclaim the Lord’s death’ is looking backwards: ‘until He comes’ is looking forward. We stand between Christ’s work in the past and His future return. We drink in anticipation of His return in glory; it’s a word of hope and a word of promise that He’s coming again!
Let us come to the Lord’s table, a place He has made us belong, a place of forgiveness, acceptance, grace and love. Let’s eat and drink and be full of all that He has given to us through His sacrifice.