Last Monday, we celebrated Memorial Day, honoring those who sacrificed their lives to preserve the freedoms we enjoy. And I find myself thinking today of the necessity of remembering the One Who willingly paid the price to set us “free indeed.”
The Holy Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper, is a sacred sacrament instituted by Jesus and He tells us to participate in this sacrament, “in remembrance” of Him. The Apostle Paul describes the first Lord’s Supper, in 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26.
”… the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (NKJV).
“In remembrance of Me.” Remember. Remember. Remember.
In his commentary, Matthew Henry highlights the multi-purposed nature of the sacrament of Holy Communion:
- “to keep fresh in our minds … his dying for us, as well as to remember an absent friend, even Christ interceding for us, in virtue of his death, at God’s right hand.”
- “to show forth Christ’s death, to declare and publish it.”
He further notes,
“it is not barely in remembrance of Christ, of what he has done and suffered, that this ordinance was instituted; but to commemorate, to celebrate, his glorious condescension and grace in our redemption. We declare his death to be our life, the spring of all our comforts and hopes. And we glory in such a declaration; we show forth his death, and spread it before God, as our accepted sacrifice and ransom. We set it in view of our own faith, for our own comfort and quickening; and we own before the world, by this very service, that we are the disciples of Christ, who trust in him alone for salvation and acceptance with God.”
We do not have to take Holy Communion every day but may we remember every day what He did for us. May we remember Him every day and may our lives testify to the fact that we our remembering is more than a retention of information.
Remember. Remember. Remember.
*Matthew Henry’s Commentary was accessed through biblegateway.com