"The most important of life's battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

This Do In Remebrance Of Me

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
Luke 22:19

and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."
1 Corinthians 11:24

"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." ---Sarah Williams

He "Christ," broke and blessed the bread.

He "Christ," gave it to the disciples.

(Symbolically) take-eat,"this (experience) (this occasion) and remember-I gave my very life for you.

Why could He not let his disciples break and pass it? I believe because He was demonstrating His humility. "Let he who would be master, be the servant of all." He did surely give His life a ransom for-all.

His life was one sacrifice after another, from restraining Himself in times of provocation, to the discipline of 40 days in the wilderness-to the disregarding of pangs of hunger and thirst and Satan's temptations, to the Lord forgive them at the cross and refusal to save himself physically.

Why did He want them to remember Him?

It was not necessarily because He was the son of God, though that was important, but what He did with His life!

He was and ever is the prime exemplar.

When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat, 1 Corinthians 11:20

They were eating the Lord's supper like it was a festival in the church. Ignoring its significance in 1st Corinthians. To do in remembrance of Him.

Blessed is the cup of wine, drink ye all of it!

A lukewarm, part time service will not do it!Drink ye all of it, or none at all--and remember-and if we believe, and we remember, we will drink all of it.

This is what He wished them and us to remember His life as He lived it!

They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?"Matthew 26:22

Isn't that what we all say? Not I Lord. Do we learn our lesson of The Last Supper and take it to heart.

The lessons of humility, the lesson in seeing these events as examples, the life lesson: the long loving duty of all day long enduring adverse conditions, the lesson of suffering, the lesson of not griping and complaining, and the lesson in not only living right but the lesson on dying with complete honor.

by James Gargus


FishHawk said...

Your blog will be included in next week's FIVE FOR FRIDAY on Crackerhead. I hope it brings some more your way.

Enemy of the Republic said...

Fishhawk did that one for me and I'm not even blogging right now! He's a good guy.

Your father makes me think of the mystics I read. I confess I never really thought of the why of the Last Supper in terms of Jesus's words; I just took them as a command. When I converted to Catholicism. so much was made over the communion--you can't be Catholic and take communion. That always bothered me. Then at my current church, I often didn't go for communion because I felt I wasn't right with God. My husband would tell me that communion was for everyone--he rejected Catholicissm ages ago, but he didn't like how the preacher introduced Communion--I don't remember the words, but they were exclusionary. My husband said that communion is for everyone who wants to remember Christ--if my husband was running a church, he'd probably offer it to unbelievers who still had respect for Jesus.

The problem of communion is the problem of every ritual: do you do it and then say: okay, I'm cool, do you do it so that the other church members SEE you do it and figure you aren't up to any sin, do you do it mindlessly, like putting on socks or do you think on Jesus and what awaiting him as he passed around the bread? My guess is that most of us have done all 4, but the last one we don't do enough. Your father was onto something. I will think of him and his words along with the words of Christ when I take communion again.

Thanks for this.

Sermon Alive said...

Your heart is sweet in His eyes. He is look at deep in your heart and burn your soul.
Keep preaching my friend.
God bless you!

Karl said...

wonderful post

Josiah said...

great post !

MadMaktub said...

Great post and great lessons. If humanity could follow it...

Thank you dear bro for your support and thank you to you rwife to be with you in this life searching for souls. It comforts me.

Hug her for me and qa hug for you and your beautiful kids. Blessed be ever.

Thank you


inspired said...

wonderful stuff... \o/

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