‘This do in re­mem­brance of Me’

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“For I have re­ceived of the Lord that which also I de­liv­ered unto you, That the Lord Je­sus the same night in which he was be­trayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is bro­ken for you: this do in re­mem­brance of me. Af­ter the same man­ner also he took the cup, when he had supped, say­ing, This cup is the new tes­ta­ment in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in re­mem­brance of me. For as of­ten as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Where­fore whoso­ever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, un­worthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man ex­am­ine him­self, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drin­keth un­worthily, eateth and drin­keth damna­tion to him­self, not dis­cern­ing the Lord’s body.” 1 Corinthi­ans 11:23-29

Un­der the Old Tes­ta­ment, God’s peo­ple each year ob­served the Passover, in which a lamb, with­out blem­ish and with­out spot, was killed and its blood shed and smeared upon the door­posts and lin­tels of their homes. And the peo­ple roasted that sac­ri­fi­cial lamb in the fire and ate of it in readi­ness. They were to ob­serve it each year in re­mem­brance of the Lord’s Passover, when the an­gel of death passed over God’s peo­ple and spared their first­born sons but killed the first­born of the Egyp­tians — all who did not have the blood of the lamb upon the door­posts and lin­tels of their homes. Read Ex­o­dus 12.

It was in­deed fit­ting that, dur­ing the ob­ser­vance of the Passover, Je­sus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29), the holy and right­eous Son of God made man (1 Peter 1:18-19), in­sti­tuted the New Tes­ta­ment sacra­ment to show forth His death for the sins of the world un­til He comes again to re­ceive us to Him­self.

As, un­der the Old Tes­ta­ment, a lamb was sac­ri­ficed each year so that the peo­ple would re­mem­ber how the LORD God had de­liv­ered them from death and brought them out from the land of their slav­ery, so, un­der the New Tes­ta­ment, we are to ob­serve the Lord’s Sup­per of­ten to re­mem­ber Christ’s sac­ri­fice upon the cross for our sins and to par­take of that sac­ri­fice in faith that we might be spared from God’s judg­ment upon sin and be de­liv­ered from death and hell and given a place in God’s ever­last­ing king­dom.

Je­sus said: “This do in re­mem­brance of me” and “For as of­ten as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”

But, as Je­sus said, when we par­take of the bread, blessed and con­se­crated for this purpose, and when we par­take of the cup of wine, we par­take not just of bread and wine as mere sym­bols; we are given to par­take of Christ’s body and blood, given and shed upon the cross for the re­mis­sion of our sins. We are given to par­take of His aton­ing sac­ri­fice for sins; and the ben­e­fits, through faith in Christ Je­sus, be­come our own.

Thus, ac­cord­ing to Je­sus’ words, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is bro­ken for you” and “This cup is the new tes­ta­ment in my blood,” we are given to par­take of His body and blood, given and shed for us. We par­take of the sac­ri­fice by which God es­tab­lished a New Tes­ta­ment (or covenant) in which He for­gives our sins and gives to us eter­nal life (Cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34; He­brews 9:11-28). How Je­sus gives us to eat and drink of His true body and blood

in this New Tes­ta­ment sacra­ment is be­yond our abil­ity to com­pre­hend, but we ac­cept and be­lieve His words.

Those who par­take of this sacra­ment in faith re­ceive the bless­ings which Christ won for them when He shed His blood upon the cross and died for the sins of the world as our sac­ri­fi­cial Lamb. Those who par­take of this sacra­ment in im­pen­i­tence and un­be­lief be­come “guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.” In­stead of re­ceiv­ing the bless­ings Christ of­fers and gives, they par­take of His sac­ri­fice to their own con­dem­na­tion, count­ing the blood of the covenant by which they were re­deemed as an un­holy and com­mon thing (cf. He­brews 10:29).

Dear Lord Je­sus, Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, grant that we par­take of Your body, given into death for us, and Your blood, shed for the re­mis­sion of our sins, with pen­i­tent hearts and with faith in You as our Sac­ri­fice and Sav­ior. Amen.

[De­vo­tion by Randy Moll.

Scrip­ture quo­ta­tions taken from the King James Ver­sion of the Bi­ble.]

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