Remember the Passover
On the night prior to His crucifixion, Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples as was their custom from the time the children of Israel left captivity in Egypt. The food they partook of is not mentioned but only the bread and wine.
Matthew 26;26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
(The disciples had no idea that His body was about to be beaten and broken.)
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
(His closest followers could not have perceived the truth of this statement on that night.)
29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
Passover was a directive to the Jewish people to commemorate their freedom from slavery, and Matthew records that Christ admonished His followers that He would not drink wine again until He was with them in His Father's kingdom.
Remember His shed blood
Mark 14;22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
(No one will ever know what those loyal men were feeling or how they comprehended these words.)
23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
They did not question, but only obeyed and after the crucifixion they remembered.
24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
Mark, like Matthew confirms that Jesus said He would drink the fruit of the grapevine with them once more in His Father's kingdom, but Luke, adds something more to this story.
Remember His beaten bloodied body
Luke 18:14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
(He was about to be tortured and murdered yet His heart was towards His beloved disciples.)
16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
(Just imagine the turmoil He was experiencing inside.)
18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Luke concurs with Matthew and Mark but adds that when Jesus broke the bread and gave thanks, He told His followers to "Do this" to remember Him and the Apostle Paul takes things a step further.
Remember the Power in the blood
I Corinthians 11:26
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Matthew and Mark were first-hand witnesses yet the instructions that Christians interpret as validating the church communion ordinances come from two outsiders and both say He should be remembered as often as you partake of bread and wine. Partaking in communion has one purpose and that is to remember. Every time a believer enjoys a meal with bread and wine,(or grape juice), he or she is remembering that Christ suffered and died for our sins, rose on the third day and is coming again. Hebrews 10;25 tells us not to forsake our faith in the blessed hope that He is coming again. Communion is an excellent way to do this. The very essence of the bread and wine is the fact that Satan, death, and hell are defeated. When we remember the price He paid by shedding His blood we become empowered.
Many churches have communion once a month and or on special occasions but on your own time, you can remember Him every day, at every meal if you choose. Remembrance of the power in His blood is a reminder to our adversary. Some Christians go around shouting "Not today Satan" and screaming the devil is under their feet. When you take communion, you are reminding him,(without the theatrics) that he is a spoiled and defeated foe. The bread and wine emphasize to the fallen angel that he used to be Lucifer, the light bearer. Communion serves him notice that his time is short and Christ will end him. More importantly, those who love the Son of the Living God can commune with Him as often as they choose.
In the Disney movie The Lion King, Mufaso in the booming voice of James Earl Jones, told Simba to remember he is the one true king. He said several times, Remember, Remember. This is what Christ is saying to His church. REMEMBER! that He is the One true King of all kings. You might not be able to attend a communion service at church but remember Him at home with personal bread and wine/crackers and grape juice.
In the movie The Lion King, James Earl Jones was the voice of Mufasa the king of beasts. After he died his son Simba saw his image in the stars one night and the last thing Mufasa said in that deep, booming, unmistakable voice was REMEMBER, REMEMBER, REMEMBER! This comes to me often when I think about communion and what it means for believers. I consider the words of Christ and am determined to remember until He returns.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston