14 When the hour came, he reclined at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 Then he said to them, “I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way he also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 But look, the hand of the one betraying me is at the table with me. 22 For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 So they began to argue among themselves which of them it could be who was going to do it.
Have you ever lost a loved one? Do you ever sit and reflect on that person’s life, the lessons they taught you, the stories with them you’ve collected in your mind, the times they were selfless or gave you a hand? Maybe there are certain dates when those memories become more vivid or make you especially thankful or emotional—a birthday, a holiday, an anniversary. Maybe this deceased loved one gave you a memento—a letter, a piece of clothing, a framed photo or a piece of jewelry—that helps keep them alive in your life even though they have passed on.
Isn’t that what we see Jesus doing during the first Lord’s Supper? He was trying to give His disciples a tangible way to remember who He was and what He was going to do for their sake, even after He had ascended to heaven. He was trying to tell His disciples about the great act of love in which He was choosing to take part by laying down His own life for each of them and for all of humanity.
The Lord’s Supper can sometimes feel like a Sunday morning ritual where you eat your cracker, drink your grape juice, and say a quick prayer. It’s easy to simply go through those motions without truly reflecting on what Christ has done for you and who He is. When I think about my own father who has passed away, I can be brought to tears remembering all he did for me. I can feel such gratitude for getting to share in his short life here on earth.
I can’t say I always allow myself to feel the overwhelming love of Jesus or my gratitude toward Him as strongly as I do with my own earthly father. But what if I actually did? What if we truly were in awe of Christ every time we thought of Him or read His words to us, just like we respond when we read an old birthday card from a deceased loved one and see their handwriting for the first time a long while? I would challenge us all to take these musings into consideration the next time we partake of the Lord’s supper, while we’re driving into work, or when He simply comes to mind.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- When you remember what Christ has done for you, what emotions, thoughts or actions does this bring?
- Is the Lord’s Supper just a ritual for you? If so, what can you do to keep yourself from simply going through the motions?
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