Each of the Gospels give us an account of the Last Supper, but today I would like us to look at Luke’s account. He tells us in chapter 22 verse 19 “…This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Now, many of us partake of communion (or The Lord’s Supper) in church, but do we really remember why?
With Memorial Day approaching, we understand the importance of taking time to remember those who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. As I sit here typing, I’m reminded there was a price to pay for every freedom I posses. I owe someone else gratitude for this privilege. This country is great because of great men and women who are willing to make sacrifices for you and I. So with that in mind, let’s look at what Jesus did, and how he instructed us to remember it.
The Lord’s Supper commemorates Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. Jesus explained to the disciples that the wine and bread was his blood and body, broken and poured out for them. This sacrifice is so amazing, because he was the perfect Son of God, yet he was willing to lay down his life so you and I could be free from sin and free to have everlasting life, even though we didn’t deserve it! Romans 5:8 shows how much God loved us “…in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Through Jesus, we are reconciled to the Father because he bore our sin. Isaiah 53:5 says “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
So while we may say we remember what Jesus did for us… do we really understand it? And do we live like we remember and understand? Jesus not only died for our sin (which would be enough) but he also provided for our healing. He gave us a promise for our future, and sent the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, to teach us. (John 14:26) He provides a way of escape for every temptation we may be exposed to (1 For 10:13) and he defeated Satan, our enemy, so that through Him we can overcome! We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). How wonderful!!!
If we would reflect on this more often, there would be less room for those negative thoughts, and depressing feelings to come creeping in. We are a blessed people. We live in a country that provides for our freedom, and we have a Savior that paid a debt we could not pay! Jesus paid it all! Take heart… don’t let the enemy fool you into thinking you’re not of much worth, or that you should just give up, because your victory has already been purchased… you just need to remind yourself a little more often! After all, Jesus himself told the disciples “…This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is pastor of New Life Worship Center.