Friday, April 22, 2011

DO this in remembrance of me

I've anticipated today, Good Friday, all week. I love this day. Though it was the saddest day in all of history, it's the day that represents grace and mercy for all believers.... including myself. Praise God that He chose me!

As I prayed about spending today reflecting on what my Savior did for me on this day, God gave me a scripture and some teaching that I have been feasting on this morning. It is so appropriate at this time in my life and I'm certain that many others feel the same.

"The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; DO (emphasis added) this in remembrance of me'." 1 Corinthians 11:23-24

Of course we hear these scriptures every time we take communion. Please tell me that at some point you said, "what in the world does 'Do this' mean"? Does it mean drink this juice and eat this cracker while you remember what I did for you? Yes, BUT I always knew there had to be more to it than that. Could "Do this in remembrance of me" mean a continuous action? I think so....listen to what Jan Hatmaker reveals about those verses in her book, Interrupted.

"Communion is more than a memory, more than a reverent moment when we recall Jesus' mercy mission with tangible, physical action since it was a tangible, physical sacrifice..... Not only was communion a symbolic ritual, it was a new prototype of discipleship. 'Continuously make My sacrifice real by doing this very thing.' Become broken and poured out for hopeless people. Become living offering, denying yourself for the salvation and restoration of humanity. Obedience to Jesus' command is more than looking backward; it's a present and continuous replication of His sacrifice. We don't simply remember the meal, we BECOME the meal."

I am focusing on this idea today as I remember Christ's sacrifice on the cross. I'm praying that I won't be content with just remembering the meal (though very important) but that I will be the meal for the hopeless; and through that, the hopeless won't see me but will see the Savior and find hope in HIM! We can rejoice in this day because we know why it's called, Good Friday.... because Sunday is coming!

Turn down my music and enjoy one of my favorite videos of all time.....It's Friday!

1 comment:

  1. thanks for this post. i will be meditating on this today as well.