Daily Devotional 4-16-19

In Remembrance of Me  

Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. Luke 22:14-20
 
Jesus had had several fellowships around meals with his disciples. Sometimes he ate with sinners to the displeasure of the self-righteous religious leaders. While I believe Jesus’ fellowship with sinners around meals were purposeful, I strongly believe the meal in our text today had a higher purpose—for it was the last meal Jesus had with the disciples before his suffering and crucifixion. The first holiday I experienced in the U.S. was Thanksgiving in 2012. I asked my host family about the history behind the turkey. Simply put, the Thanksgiving meal has history attached to it. It reminds us of the beginnings of American life. Therefore, the Thanksgiving meal is special because of its national and historical significance.
 
Jesus was going to have a purposeful feast with the disciples––the Passover meal. This meal dates back to the night before the Israelites set off from Egypt. God instructed them to kill a lamb and mark their door post with the blood of the lamb and eat the meat with unleavened bread.  The blood at the door post would save the Israelites from the judgment of death that was to occur that very night. Thus, the Israelites were spared because of the blood of the lamb on their door post. Thus, through the blood of Jesus, a new covenant is ratified, and we are spared from death—separation from God. Through the shedding of the blood of Jesus, our sins are forgiven and the power of death is broken from us. No more are we slaves to sin and fear!
 
So, what do we remember as we partake of the Lord’s Supper? We remember the uniting grace of the Holy Communion. Though we are many, in Christ Jesus we are one; for there is one body with many parts. We are united into God’s family. We also remember God’s mighty acts of redemption of the Israelites from bondage, and we are assured of our own redemption from the sin and death. Finally, we celebrate and remember the love God had for us.
 
PRAYER: Lord, help us celebrate your table with a sense of purpose, so that we may be the family of God.